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When Hope Blossoms by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sweet Contemporary Story Set in an Old Order Mennonite Community 
Amy Knackstedt moves with her children to Weaverly, Kansas, to escape the speculation surrounding her husband's untimely death.
She hopes the new location will provide a fresh start for them all. But her neighbor, Tim Roper, is not pleased to have a Mennonite
family living next to his apple orchard. When the children try to befriend him, he resists. Tim left the Mennonite faith years ago and doesn't want any reminders of his former life. Yet Amy and Tim find their paths colliding far more than either could have foreseen. Will this tentative relationship blossom into something more?

Goodreads Summary

I’m going to try to not be biased in this review because it’s highly based on God, Christianity, and finding oneself with the Lord. This review will be based on only characters and the overall plotline. The characters together were very nice to read about. There’s hardship between every character which makes them seem more real and I can understand some of the drama that’s going on, it felt very realistic. The book is about – once again – finding out who you are and how you can squeeze God into the mix.

The plotline was pleasant and easy to read. It flowed very nicely. The romantic aspect of When Hope Blossoms was great! It is rare to see the type of romance described in this novel in real life, sadly. I loved both of the main characters and how they reacted to each other. It wasn’t “insta-love”, so the reader sees them grow into their relationship. Their relationship, however, was not the defining point of the book. The plot itself had the ability to give the reader the “warm and fuzzy” feelings that everyone enjoys. This book was difficult to put down after the initial few chapters. When Hope Blossoms is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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  1. I'm Catholic, so obviously I have no problem with the religious aspect. I actually enjoy characters who have religious backgrounds. Too many authors like to stray away from mentioning any kind of religion so as not to alienate one group of readers or another. I think it's a cop-out, personally. Where it gets tricky for me is in the preaching. Some authors like to preach about God and how one practices religion through their books, and that I don't like. This looks interesting. I might take a look. :)

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    Love me some warm and fuzzy! How sweet this book sounds.

  1. Unknown said...:

    I really enjoy books like these so long as they do not get all preachy on me :) Sometimes you just need a good dose of warm and fuzzy!

  1. Diana said...:

    Thanks for the review! :)

    - Diana Grace