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Review and Giveaway: When Mercy Rains and Kim Vogel Sawyer November 28, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 1:40 pm
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love undone

About This Book

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?

My thoughts and giveaway:

This a great story with more secrets than first meet the eye. My jaw nearly dropped when about eighty pages in a new secret was revealed. I did not see it coming.

I love the different point-of-views (POV) that Kim uses in the book. Very affective. Every character is struggling with something and their own thoughts reveal this.

Suzanne frustrated me because I just wanted her to be honest and tell the truth, to tell Paul about their child.

We soon learn that Abigail, Suzanne’s mom, isn’t as grumpy as we first think her to be and actually just wants what is best for her daughter. But what she thinks is best might not be what the Lord thinks is best.

I think this story especially touched me because it reminded me of my sister when she came home to the family after living in Las Vegas. The longer she was home the more secrets were uncovered and the more she was set free. The same is true with Suzanne.

This is a great start to a trilogy that Kim is writing. I can’t wait to read more.

Visit Kim here.

See Kim’s bio here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by December 10th at 5:00 p.m. for your chance to win a copy. (U.S. residents only)

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



11 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: When Mercy Rains and Kim Vogel Sawyer”

  1. Oh, what a hardship story this must be. He didn’t even know. .. Would really like to read this!

  2. Karen Spiegel Says:

    Sounds like a great read!! Would like to win this. Thank you.

  3. faithdp24 Says:

    This sounds like a wonderful story. I’m certainly thankful for God’s mercy/grace in my own life and always enjoy reading about them in the lives of others, even though the story is from someone’s pen alone! God is so good to us. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book! 🙂

  4. Wow! Sounds like a very interesting story
    May I wish you a terrific, wonderful, God-blessed day
    Chris Granville

  5. KayM Says:

    Melissa, your comments about this book have really caught my attention. I hadn’t thought too much about reading When Mercy Rains (I don’t read a lot of Amish fiction), but now I am intrigued.
    may_dayzee (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  6. Melanie Backus Says:

    I am intrigued by this one and would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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