04 November 2014

When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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She left, heavily weighted with secrets.
But God reveals all things, in His timing. 
And He redeems them.
Suzanne Zimmerman was only seventeen and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. With her old home, family, and first love firmly behind her, Suzanne moved to Indiana, became a nurse, and raised a daughter, Alexa, on her own.
Now, nearly twenty years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas. Her brother asks her to bring her nursing abilities home and care for their ailing mother. His request requires that Suzanne face a family that may not have forgiven her and a strict faith community. It also means seeing Paul Aldrich, her first love.    
Paul, widowed with an eight-year-old son, is relieved to see Suzanne again, giving him the chance to beg her forgiveness for his past indiscretion. But when he meets Alexa, his guilt flickers in the glare of Suzanne’s prolonged secret – one that changes everything. 
Suzanne had let go of any expectation for forgiveness long ago. Does she dare hope in mercy – and how will her uncovered past affect the people she loves the most?

When Mercy Rains is definitely different than the previous novels by Kim Vogel Sawyer I have read – but I enjoyed it all the same. Sawyer masterfully tells a beautiful story of secrets, shame and regret, tempered by necessary doses of mercy, forgiveness and redemption. The story played out differently than I initially anticipated, focusing much more on a family as a whole rather than a particular romance, but in this instance, I didn’t mind. Sawyer’s characters, with their flaws and all, are relatable and interesting, and their interactions with each other are easily worth reading. Overall, When Mercy Rains is an inspirational and emotional read and I would recommend it.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of When Mercy Rains and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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