By Kim Vogel Sawyer
Bethany House, $14.99, 350 pages
It is very important to know where you belong. In this novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer, the reader meets Amy Knackstedt, devoted Mennonite, when she is showing their new home to her three children, Bekah (13), Parker (11) and Adrianna (5). Amy is a widow, and the desire to escape painful memories and speculations about her husband’s death is the main motive of her move from her birth city, Arborville, to another small Kansas city, Weaverly. Thirty-three years old, Amy hopes for a better future. She believes that here, with God’s providence, her wounds would be healed and Weaverly would become for her and her children a promised land. However, she is about to lose the house and her small quilt business if it isn’t proven that her husband’s death was not a suicide but an accident.
You need to read the entire book to find out if Amy’s hopes come true, how it happens, and what role in all this 37-year-old handsome Tim Roper (also a widower, a former Mennonite and Amy’s closest neighbor) plays.
Reviewed by Galina Roizman