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Book: When Mercy Rains (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy Book #1)

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Author’s Bio: Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, with husband Don and their four feline companions. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and ten grandchildren.

Blog/ Website: kimvogelsawyer.com

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Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

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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?


I give it 5 stars out of 5.

Suzanne “left” (was forced to leave) the only home and community she knew at seventeen only to return back again in two decades. Will she find love and understanding or will she be resented and hated? She only hoped to care for her aged and paralyzed mother. But will she be accepted back in her family, the one she destroyed in a day?

I love how Kim Vogel Sawyer weaved a mystery after a mystery in beginning and middle of a story, leaving some clues of how the ending will come to be. But she always takes me by surprise with the outcome of each story she writes. She writes the stories of hope, restoration, and God’s love in people’s broken lives. But what makes the story even more special, and characters more close, are the recipes Kim planted at the back of each book. Good read to any girl.

Stories of broken heart mended and healed by God’s love with some sparks of romance. Beautiful and relatable.

* I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

My review is based solemnly on my opinion.