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About When Mercy Rains

She left her Old Order Mennonite commuinty, heavily weighted with secrets. But God reveals all things, in His time. 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, again.   
 
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 for mercy–and how will her uncovered past affect the people she loves the most?

Praise

“A compelling cast of authentic characters, heart-wrenching mistakes and responses, and love, redemption, and restoration make When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer a must-read masterpiece.”
—Mona Hodgson, author of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series, The Quilted Heart omnibus, and Prairie Song

“Kim Vogel Sawyer paints characters with exquisite detail emotionally and physically, then sets them in a story that transports the reader into a world equally as appealing as the people who live there. A captivating read, leaving you wanting more.”
—Lauraine Snelling, author of To Everything a Season in the Red River series, Wake the Dawn, and Heaven Sent Rain

“When Mercy Rains takes readers on a remarkable journey into the lives of the Zimmermans, a Mennonite family whose secrets threaten to destroy them. With a compelling style, Kim Vogel Sawyer weaves a story of love, compassion, forgiveness, redemption, and a family determined to discover and accept the truth. This novel captivates and challenges—a wonderful read.”
—Judith Miller, best-selling author of the Home to Amana Series

“Perhaps you’ve heard the old phrase ‘You can’t go home again.’ Kim Vogel Sawyer proves it wrong in her beautifully written novel When Mercy Rains. Intriguing, tender, bittersweet…this heart-wrenching story took me to places I didn’t even realize I wanted to go. Highly recommended.”
—Janice Hanna Thompson, author of Fools Rush In and The Dream Dress

“When Mercy Rains is a beautiful testimony to the power of forgiveness. With three generations of characters to fall in love with, Kim Vogel Sawyer’s new novel kept me turning pages—and discovering surprises—to the very end. I especially enjoyed the Kansas setting and the restoration of a homestead that was a beautiful reflection of the restoration of hearts and minds.”
—Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth and the Chicory Inn Novels series

About Kim Vogel Sawyer

KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband, Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Oct 7, 2014

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

She left, heavily weighted with secrets.
But God reveals all things, in His timing.
And He redeems them.

Click here to download chapter one of When Mercy Rains.

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.

Click here to download chapter one of When Mercy Rains.

 
 

By Megan Taylor

This book is the first book in Kim Vogel Sawyer's new series, the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. I have always enjoyed Sawyer's books and have yet to read one by her that I have disliked. This book was such a wonderful start to this new series. I'm excited to see where she goes with the next two books! My heart broke in several places in this book. The relationship between Suzanne and her mother was tense, to say the least. I can understand...

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By Carol D'Annunzio

From Book Description â??"She left, heavily weighted with secrets. But God reveals all things, in His timing. and He redeems them.â? My comments What is really great about When Mercy Rains is how real and human the characters are. The protagonist, Suzanne, makes a lot of mistakes. Her mother, Abigail, makes lots of mistakes. And, one of the other main characters, Paul, makes a lot of mistakes. They are real, and very, very...

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By Lindsay Hickey

What finish to his book. It quite a story. It a little heartfelt story. It a story about a mother and daughter. Suzanne is force to do something for years. Suzanne has secrets of her own. She was asked to come back home to care for her mother. What happen between her and her daughter.Paul see Suzanne again. He meets Alexa and starts to feel his guilt. Will there be a forgiveness for them all? Suzanne has one thing to tell Paul...

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By Jennifer Tidd

Seventeen-year-old Suzanne becomes pregnant and is forced to leave Old Order Mennonite community by her mother. Frightened, guilty and ashamed she raises her daughter and becomes a nurse. Twenty year later she is back in her old community to help take care of her mother, with her daughter. Full of secrets, she tries to navigate her family and seeing her first love again. As secrets become revealed can the power of forgiveness overcome what...

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By JEANNIE LEWIS

This was a very touching story that only kept you on the edge of your seats and would surprise you in ways you wouldnâ??t expect. It was a great read, and I believe it will be a great series. You donâ??t have to read part 2. This is a complete story, but if you want to see how the charactersâ?? lives unfold, then you will most definitely want to get part 2 when it comes out. This story reminds us of all the times you let a sin way you down...

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