When Love Returns (Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy #3)Kim Vogel Sawyer
It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own—h... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 22, 2015
- UPC: 9780307731357
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Sep 22, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC027020"
- ISBN: 0307731359
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- Great end to trilogy! by The Avid Reader on 1/1/2016
When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the third book in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. Cynthia Allgood had a baby when she was a teenager. The day after she gave birth she left the baby behind the Indianapolis Home for Unwed Mothers. Twenty years later her husband is giving her the opportunity to find her daughter. He has put down a retainer on Owen Mallory, a private investigator. Will finding her daughter be a good thing for Cynthia?
Alexa Zimmerman is enjoying life in Arborville, Kansas with her mother (Suzanne), grandmother, and her other relations (she did not about her extended family until recently). But Alexa would like to know about her biological parents. Alexa decides to take a break during the slow season for the Grace Notes Bed and Breakfast (she started it on her grandmother’s farm). Alexa goes back to Indiana with Tom and Linda Denning (friends of Suzanne and Alexa’s who came to visit for Christmas). Will Alexa be able to find the answers she is seeking?
Suzanne is staying in Arborville. She has decided not to go back to Indiana to her old life. She is happy to be back with her family. It is hard, though, being near the daughter she gave away especially with Anna Grace’s wedding approaching. Suzanne was forced (by her mother) to give up Anna Grace twenty years ago. Will Anna Grace ever want to know the truth about her birth parents? Suzanne spending more time with Paul Aldrich (her teenage love and the father of Anna Grace). Can they have a relationship? Suzanne will have to join the Old Order Mennonite faith in order to be with Paul. Is she willing to join the faith and is this what God wants for her? Will there be a happily ever after for Suzanne and Paul?
When Love Returns is not a stand-alone novel. You need to read the first two books in The Zimmerman Restoration trilogy or you will not understand everything going on in the book. When Love Returns is well written and you will not want to put it down (I just loved it). I believe this was my favorite book out of all three of them. One thing I did not understand, though, is why Alexa was told that Suzanne was not her real mother (this is not a spoiler). Suzanne had a birth certificate for her daughter that lists her as mother. Why did Suzanne tell Alexa that she was not her daughter? I thought this was confusing. Another odd note is the information the private investigator obtains at the Indianapolis Home for Unwed Mothers. I do not believe he would be able to get this type of information (name of a former resident) by just talking with the director. Overall, When Love Returns is a page turner. It is a fitting end to the trilogy. I love how the author wrapped up all the story lines. I give When Love Returns 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of When Love Returns from Blogging for Books (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
- Wonderful book by Debora on 10/14/2015
Kim Vogel Sawyer does not fail. "When Love Returns" Book 3 and the final book of the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy is a fabulous end to the series! The book wraps up questions one may have throughout reading the books and ends with love, inspiration and most of all hope. I highly recommend the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy and any of Ms. Sawyer’s books, particularly, if you love spiritual, inspirational and motivating books. This conclusive book to the Zimmerman Trilogy does not disappoint! Ms. Sawyer is a wonderfully gifted author that spins tales that God places upon her heart. Awesome read!
- Love Trumps Painful Pasts by Laura on 10/2/2015
Kim Vogel Sawyer wrapped up her Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy with "When Love Returns," which is an aptly named title. Unlike the first two books in the series, this novel does not focus on the Zimmerman's family relationships; instead, Suzanne and daughter Alexa are emotionally tossed and turned while they seek resolutions to their pasts. Also unique to this book are the new (or more developed) characters whose stories become deeply intertwined with the main characters.
While Suzanne and Alexa are now living in the town of Suzanne's youth, both are struggling with their past: wanting to reconcile with the natural-born daughter and to locate an unknown birth mother. Alexa goes off in search for some answers and both mother and daughter try to work through the pain and emotions that emerge from working through their pasts.
This was my favorite of the three books because the emotional struggles of the characters' rang true and pulled me as the reader through each chapter. It would be best to read each of the books in order to have a more thorough background story. "When Love Returns" is a great read!