I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
This novel's narrator was excellent. She had many accents to speak as well as male and female voices to interrupt and she jumped from one to the other with ease.
The novel is all about a wedding dress. The wedding dress was designed and sewn by a "colored woman," in 1912. The people in the wealthy South in the year 1912 had no contact with the colored. To wear such a dress was unthinkable. Society would be appalled if a bride should walk down the aisle wearing a dress sewn by a black woman. Emily was the bride and she did not conform with the righteous discrimination meted out to the black population. Therefore, Emily went into the colored part of the city and had Taffy design and sew her gorgeous gown.
There was a mystery which revolved around the question of just where did the gown originate. There were friendships made throughout the book. The book was a smooth and easy read. I had been reading some intense novels and memoirs and I needed a break. This book hit the spot. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
This was my first experience with Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I am looking forward to reading more of her writing. "Waiting for Summer's Return" is the story of a woman who feels God has abandoned her after the deaths of her husband and children on their way out west. When she is taken in by the Ollenburgers, she begins to see how life can go on after such loss, and even how God can bring good out of the bad.
I enjoy Barbara Caruso as a narrator, and I think she did a wonderful job here. For the most part, I also enjoyed Sawyer's writing. I thought her message of healing and hope was a powerful one. My one complaint is that she had a tendency to gloss over fairly large periods of time in which the characters grow and develop or in which significant events take place. I would have liked to experience more of those times as they happened rather than learning about them afterwards, as I feel that makes for a more satisfying story. As a result, I thought the ending felt a little forced. Overall, however, the story was a sweet one and I look forward to continuing the series. Perhaps this technique will grow on me.