Bygones: Sommerfeld Trilogy #1 (Truly Yours Romance Club #10)
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Review – Bygones
Reviewed by Lacy J. Williams
Sawyer has created a masterpiece in this novel.
Henry Braun is the last person Marie Koeppler ever thought she’d see again. She unknowingly jilted him when she decided to marry her now-deceased husband and left her Mennonite background behind more than two decades ago. He comes to town bearing news – Marie’s aunt Lisbeth has died and left an inheritance to Marie’s 21-year-old daughter, Beth. The catch is: Beth must reside in Sommerfeld, KS, the Mennonite community of Marie’s childhood, for three months before she can take possession of the inheritance. Marie agrees to return for her daughter’s sake, but can she face her father’s rejection again?
Henry thought his feelings for Marie had faded long ago, but seeing her again brings a spark of attraction alive. When Marie returns to Sommerfeld, he finds ways to help Marie and her daughter, secretly hoping that Marie will return his feelings. When a series of thefts takes place and the two “outsiders” are blamed, can Henry prove their innocence? Or has Marie pulled the wool over his eyes as well? Will his heart recover if she is found guilty of the thefts?
I have to admit that I was hesitant to start reading this novel. After reading some of Beverly Lewis’ novels based on Amish/Mennonite characters and setting, I didn’t think anything else could measure up.
I WAS WRONG.
I was sucked in from the very first scene. Sawyer’s concise but powerful descriptions of the characters’ emotions made me feel as if I was right there with them, as did her detailed description of the Mennonite setting. I especially identified with Henry from the very beginning. Marie’s return to her faith and acceptance back into the community nearly brought me to tears, it was so real. And the romance between Henry and Marie – wow! Using actions consistent with the setting and characters, Sawyer managed to create some serious tension between these two.
I would consider the level of suspense in this book to be light. However, because of the setting based on a Mennonite community, it seemed to fit. Sawyer handled the emotion surrounding the thefts well, and showed how it affected the whole town.
Sawyer has created a masterpiece in this novel. There was not one thing I could complain about – except maybe the length of time before the next book comes out. This book is a must-read for those who enjoy a well-written romance with a little suspense thrown in for spice.
Lacy J. Williams
Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (www.acfw.com) and loves mentoring and critiquing with new writers. Her debut novel MARRYING MISS MARSHAL releases from Love Inspired Historical in August 2011. For more about Lacy, plus giveaways and author news, please visit her website at www.lacyjwilliams.com .
About Kim Vogel Sawyer
KIM VOGEL SAWYER has dreamed of being an author since her earliest memories. Seeing her books in print is sometimes still too good to be true. In addition to her writing ministry, Kim travels to women’s groups to share her testimony of God’s miraculous hand of healing in her life–both physically and emotionally. She sees a correlation between the writing of a good story and God’s good plan for every life, and she hopes her stories encourage readers to seek God’s will in their own personal lives. Kim has written two novellas for Heartsong Presents and the popular novel Waiting for Summers Return. She writes gentle stories of hope, offering her readers encouragement. Bygones is the first book of the Sommerfeld Trilogy.
Books by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Beginnings: Sommerfeld Trilogy #2 (Truly Yours Romance Club #15)
Release date: 10/01/2007
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