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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Kim Vogel Sawyer's new book explores the complexity of family relationships
Vogel Sawyer writes of an Old Mennonite
family struggling to survive their
Bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer believes
in the power of second chances — a theme she’s captured with poignant grace in
her new book, When Grace Sings (WaterBrook Press/March 17, 2015/ISBN: 978-0307731333/$14.99) which followsthe CBA bestseller When Mercy Rains in The Zimmerman
Restoration Trilogy. Sawyer says the series is based on one simple truth: “God
gives second chances. We as humans make our mistakes, we flounder and err and
build walls that seem insurmountable,” Sawyer reveals. “When we confess our
wrongdoings and ask God to redeem us, He brings restoration.”
When Grace Sings introduces
readers to Alexa Zimmerman, who has relocated to Arborville, KS, where she’s
converting her grandmother’s farmhouse in Old Order Mennonite country into a
bed-and-breakfast. Inspired by her own experience of running a B&B, Sawyer was
able to depict perfectly the charm and challenges she details in the book. “I would never have
considered writing a story including a B&B were it not for our experiences
at The King’s Inn,” Sawyer admits. “We’ve met so many wonderful folks we
wouldn’t have known any other way. They came as strangers and left as friends.
And that brings me to the hardest part — the goodbyes. It’s nice, though, that we
are still in touch with many of our guests through Facebook.”
by locals as an outsider, Alexa wonders if the close-knit community will ever
fully accept her and her new business. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone
thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful her culinary and hospitality
skills will win the skeptics over.
the arrival of overly confident and dashing Chicago reporter Briley Forrester
throws Alexa for a loop. Despite her suspicions of just what his sudden
appearance amidst the plain folk means, Alexa agrees to allow Briley to stay as
a long-term boarder. She has to — she has a lot riding on her new
bed-and-breakfast — even if his flirtatious manner annoys her. Struggling to
fit in, Alexa encounters more than she bargained for when her cousin Anna-Grace
Braun and fiancé, Steven, visit. The
presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities, and the two women
find themselves on a trail to unraveling long-held family secrets.
for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when
Alexa and Anna-Grace are forced to face that their secrets are connected,
binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. Will the revelations they
stumble upon shake them and their family to the core, or will they trust God to
restore relationships and accept His grace?
This engaging novel will remind all readers that with God as their guide, it’s
never too late for a second chance.
Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten
teacher someday people would check out her books in libraries. That little girl’s
dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer’s Return.
Since then, Sawyer has watched God expand her dream beyond her childhood
imaginings. With more than 30 titles on library shelves and more than a 1.5 million
copies of her books in print, she enjoys a full-time writing and speaking
ministry. Her books have received the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational
Readers Choice Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
Empty-nesters, Sawyer and her retired
military husband, Don, enjoy a quiet existence in small-town Kansas, the
setting for many of her novels. When she isn’t writing, Sawyer stays active
serving in her church’s women’s and music ministries, traveling with “The Hubs”
and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.