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?
About the Author
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 ten granddarlings.
When Mercy Reigns is the first book in The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. It is a gentle story that not only deals with the subject of adoption, but also the dynamics of the family and extended family inside the Amish community.
My heart went out to Suzanne as she cared for her mother. Her mother’s cruel remarks and attitude concerning her past cut like a knife. When her mother becomes close to Suzanne’s daughter, Suzanne wonders what time would be proper to reveal her secret to the world? Her immediate family and Paul are sure they know the truth. The only one who has the answers is Suzanne.
Each chapter builds upon the previous until it’s fantastic conclusion. I never saw it coming! The part of this book that touched me most was the sacrificial decision Suzanne and Paul made for the child they dearly loved.
I look forward to continuing to read this this trilogy with this authors next book, When Grace Sings, due in the spring of 2015. You may purchase this book and many others from this site.
Thank you to author Kim Vogel Sawyer, Waterbrook Press, and Blogging For Books for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.