When Love Returns: A Novel

Paperback | September 22, 2015

byKim Vogel Sawyer

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Riddled with doubt and lingering regrets, will Suzanne and Paul find strength in God to explore a second chance at love? 

 
It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own—have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family.
 
Now with the upcoming wedding of their biological daughter,  Suzanne and Paul find themselves drawn to one another once again—but with new challenges to face. They have been single parents with painful pasts. Can Paul and Suzanne find the strength to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy so long ago?
 
Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to visit friends--and as her chance to find her birth parents. Leaving the bed-and-breakfast in Suzanne’s apprehensive hands, Alexa embarks on a journey that will certainly change her life completely. Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing?

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Riddled with doubt and lingering regrets, will Suzanne and Paul find strength in God to explore a second chance at love?    It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mothe...

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their granddarlings.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307731359

ISBN - 13:9780307731357

Customer Reviews of When Love Returns: A Novel

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read Stunning conclusion to The Zimmerman Restoration trilogy but, unlike the first two books, I really think When Love Returns will make more of an impact if you've read When Mercy Rains and When Grace Sings first. This is a beautiful second chance love story with plenty of grit and emotional angst to leave a reader breathless. Suzanne and Paul have waited two decades to be reunited and there is all the delicious uncertainty, not to mention mistakes from their past, to over come. A lot for a romance lover to seek her teeth into. But love returns in other unexpected ways as well -- like Alexa's quest to discover the mother who abandoned her at birth. It's an exceptional story thread -- real and raw and gutsy. Sawyer explores both sides of the volatile issue with compassion and grace and it made a powerful impact on me. A host of beautifully flawed secondary characters bring a rich depth to this compelling novel. Somehow, they all come together for the good of the overall theme. In a way, this book is about choices -- whether to judge and condemn or forgive and accept. It's as simple...and complicated...as that. A truly incredible read.
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“When Love Returns is a finely interlaced story of first choices, second chances, and a healing heirloom of truth. Kim Vogel Sawyer balances the uncertainty of the past with assurance of a redeemed future in a message that will gracefully infuse hope into the real-life stories of her readers.” —Olivia Newport, author of Amish Turns of Time historical fiction series “I love Kim Vogel Sawyer’s stories and the way they always live up to the promise of ‘gentle stories of hope.’ Her characters draw me in, hold me captive, and leave me with a renewed sense of hope and a stronger faith than I started with.” —Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth and the Chicory Inn Novels Praise for Kim Vogel Sawyer “Kim Vogel Sawyer paints characters with exquisite detail emotionally and physically, then sets them in a story that transports the reader into a world equally as appealing as the people who live there. A captivating read, leaving you wanting more.” —Lauraine Snelling, author of To Everything a Season in the Song of Blessing series, Wake the Dawn, and Heaven Sent Rain “With a compelling style, Kim Vogel Sawyer weaves a story of love, compassion, forgiveness, and redemption and a family determined to discover and accept the truth. This novel captivates and challenges—a wonderful read.” —Judith Miller, best-selling author of the Home to Amana Series “Kim Vogel Sawyer is a superior writer, showing the reader the inner workings of a family steeped in rigid rules and a powerful regard for family pride. Forgiveness may be out of reach for a family jaded by derision. Sawyer is able to tie all the pieces of their lives together and keep readers interested in a possibility of another story about adoption and loss.” —RT: Reviews, When Mercy Rains “Kim Vogel Sawyer has crafted an affecting, emotion-packed novel about two damaged souls whose faith and courage ultimately come shining through. With its vividly rendered settings and well-rounded characters, this lovely story is sure to please Ms. Sawyer’s many fans.” —Dorothy Love, author of Carolina Gold “Kim Vogel Sawyer’s heartfelt writing and careful attention to detail make her one of the industry’s favorites.” —Lori Copeland, author of The Healer’s Touch