Sunday, November 04, 2012

when hope blossoms -- a review and a giveaway . . .


When Bethany House Publishers offered to send me a complimentary copy of Kim Vogel Sawyer's When Hope Blossoms,  in exchange for my honest review of the book, I jumped on the chance.  I'd never read anything by Sawyer, but had seen her name on Christian fiction before, and thought this would be a good opportunity to give her a try.

I wasn't disappointed.  When Hope Blossoms is a sweet, light romance -- perfect for those who like a little fluff with a positive message and enjoy Amish fiction. It centers around  Mennonite widow, Amy Knackstedt, and her three children. They've moved away from her family and out of her comfort zone to get a fresh start. 

Of course, in order for there to be romance, there needs to be a man ... in this case, widower Tim Roper.  He is Amy's neighbor and also an ex-Mennonite, which makes for some interesting sparks! But it's fun to watch them interact, and especially fun to see her children work their way into his heart -- they really are quite endearing!

And as if that wasn't enough to catch my interest?  Amy supports her family by a newly founded quilting business!  Yes, she's a QUILTER!  I loved reading about her love of quilting and the special "memory quilts" that she created for her customers.

Sawyer does a lovely job of 'piecing' the story, holding the reader's interest, and depicting her characters as real and believable.  I was most impressed by her portrayal of the children.  You can check out Kim Vogel Sawyer and her other publications at her website!

For me, a lover of reading, Amish fiction, and a quilter, this was a win-win-win story.  And I'd love to pass it along to someone else to enjoy!  So, if you'd like to win my copy, simply leave me a comment and let me know--and make sure I have a way of getting in touch with you.  I'll leave it open until Tuesday, November 6th, at noon, okay?  Okay!

:)

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Pat said...

Amish fiction is my favorite genre and this sounds good. I have not read any of Sawyer's work yet but I appreciate your recommendation!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love to read~ this sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the chance!

Barbara F. said...

Love anything Amish and love my fabric :) "sew" wish I could do more with it. Please count me in, D. Thanks xo

Sallie said...

I love to read and would enjoy this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

beaquilter said...

I think I've read some in the series... would love it

Rebeckah Austin said...

I have been looking for some good books to read lately.

Needled Mom said...

I am with you. I just love the Amish stories. I guess it is because I grew up very close to an Amish community. It sounds like a great read.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sounds like a nice read. Sign me up. Thanks.

Missy Shay said...

I've enjoyed all of her books that I have read and would love to read this one!
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Dora, the Quilter said...

I'd love to read your copy of the book. Thanks for offering it to us!

Janet O. said...

I've enjoyed some Amish fiction lately, but haven't tried this author. I'd enjoy giving it a whirl. Thanks for the opportunity

Paula said...

Yes! I love reading the Amish stories. Count me in forsure!

Patty said...

I love this kind of book. All the readers in my family pass books back and forth. If I don't win, I am heading to the library for more of her books.

hookedonquilting said...

This does sound like an interesting read, and yes, the addition of quilting to the mix would make it perfect for those of us with the same addiction. Thanks for a great review!

Lee D said...

I love books that include something 'quilty' I read some other Amish stories lately and was intrigued by there traditions and history.