WHEN HOPE BLOSSOMS
Sawyer’s characters are passionate and hardworking, exhibiting the determination to seek truth and uphold their faith. Her plots are solid and keep readers moving forward and wanting more. The narrative engages with a strength that draws people together, producing a healing peace that surpasses all understanding.
Widowed mother Amy Knackstedt moves with her three children to Weaverly, Kansas, to escape rumors about her husband’s death. Her children befriend ex-Mennonite Mr. Roper and begin to help him in his apple orchard in exchange for baskets of apples. When the orchard is hit by a tornado, the entire community comes to Mr. Roper’s assistance. Mr. Roper becomes the answer to more than one prayer of Amy’s, as he may just be able to answer how her husband died and put an end to all the rumors. (BETHANY HOUSE, Jul., 352 pp., $14.99)