Summer Steadman has no reason to live. All that was important to her is gone. With no place to go and no one to turn to, she agrees to teach a young boy. Summer doesn't count on building a new life and falling in love. But in the staunch Mennonite community, she is an outsider. Will she find happiness or move on?

There has never been anyone for Peter Ollenberger except his beloved Elsa. He's never thought of remarrying and balks at the idea when the townsfolk do not take kindly to his efforts to show God's love to someone in need. Will he realize that it is not just God that loves Summer?

Despite a rather depressing opening, with a heaviness that lingers, fans of historical prairie stories will feel at home with Sawyer's warm and tender voice. Summer, Peter, grandmother Lena and young Thomas will steal your heart. (May, 352 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston