Waiting For Summer’s Return ~ Book Review

**Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post.  The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.**


The following is quoted from Amazon:

June 1, 2006

All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few options. With her husband and children lost to illness, she has no desire to continue on farther west to where she and her husband planned to build their future. Instead, she seeks employment in a small Mennonite community in order to be near the graves of her family.

Widower Peter Ollenburger, the local gristmill owner, needs someone to teach his young son. When he hears of a “learned woman” in town, he believes she is the answer to his prayers. He soon discovers, however, that helping this outsider may have troublesome consequences.

There is little this father will not do for his son, but as the boy begins to look at Summer as more than a teacher, Peter must make a choice. Does he marry this woman to give his son a new mother, or does he marry only for love?

Will Summer’s broken heart ever be able to love again?

This was a free Kindle download for me, and it was an easy, quick read. I loved the story, it comes close to home for me. I connected with Summer right away and enjoyed seeing her work through living again, and finding her purpose. Of course, Peter also was a wonderful, caring character. Along with his son, Thomas and his grandmother-in-law, ‘Grossmutter’ who themselves have very rounded characters, and don’t always do or say what one might expect.
The slow acceptance of the Mennonite community of Summer, an outsider, is also another layer of the whole story that I enjoyed watching unfold. She goes from being coldly shut out, to warmly welcomed and befriended by the Mennonite women. Also of note, is the relationship that develops between Summer and ‘Grossmutter’.  The elderly woman is highly suspicious at first, and the author does a wonderful job of showcasing that,as the older woman doesn’t speak English. There are many barriers between the women, but by the last chapter, they have grown to love each other, and respect each other, neither one of them speaking the others language.  Thomas is one part of the glue that holds this story together, he needs a teacher, Summer is educated, Peter invites her to his home, and thus a story unfolds.
Faith is the other part of the glue. Throughout this story, there is a quiet, steady and ‘mundane’ faith, that makes this real to me. The interactions with God are a part of their daily lives, and the growth and wisdom gained by each character is nice to see!
So, head over to Amazon, Barns & Noble or your local book store, and get this book. You’ll enjoy the easy way Kim writes her novels.


  1. Ooh that sounds like a great book!!!! I might have to read this! It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down to read a book and the last ‘trilogy’ I read, well let’s leave it at that lol So thanks for the lovely review and I’m hoping to read it soon!!!!

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