“When Mercy Rains” by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the first book in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. The secrets of an Old Order Mennonite family threaten to destroy them. Suzanne, a 17 year old girl finds herself in trouble. Her mother sends her away in shame. However, she stays in Indiana, becoming a nurse and raising a daughter. Twenty years after she left home, she is contacted by a brother to come and nurse her sick mother. She reluctantly returns to Kansas to face her family, community and first love. Suzanne hopes that she will find forgiveness for long ago transgressions, but she is not counting on that. Her past will eventually come to affect all those she loves.
I liked this book, however, I was very put off by the reactions of Suzanne’s family during her problems and after she returned to them. I think this book left me a little unsettled. However, I would still recommend this novel. Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful writer of stories of faith and hope.
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?