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.
I am currently listening to it. I don't want it to end.
I had read the book a year or so ago and enjoyed it very much, but the narration by Barbara Caruso brings the characters to life. I would definitely re-read the book and re-listen to the audiobook.
Award-winning & Amazon bestselling author of Christian historical romance. Under contract with Pelican Book Group. Blogger, mom, & reader.
This is apparently Kim Vogel Sawyer's debut novel and it shows. This was published 7 years ago before CBA market underwent some big changes. I listened because I liked previous books by this author and this was available on audio. I didn't check the year. But as soon as I started listening I knew something was off--I wasn't even sure it was a KVS book. Slow, cumbersome, self-absorbed and with so little tension I fell asleep while listening to it. I do not ordinarily post less than a 4 Star review but I felt compelled to write this up because audiobooks are expensive and time consuming. If you are desperate for a sweet and very slow CBA historical fiction this is the ticket. I also wondered if this was aimed at the YA market--it reminds me of some books I read as an older child. A good book but lacking in the elements that are critical in today's market. However, with almost 500 reviews on Amazon, there are obviously many people who very much enjoy this type of read/listen. There is nothing in here to offend anyone, which is a huge plus.
It's hard to find a great book and a great narrator. But...I did with "Waiting for Summer's Return"! I've actually had to "not" read a book because I was not able to tolerate the narrator! This was not the case. I will, in fact, look for good clean Christian books specifically with this narrator- Barbara Caruso. God bless both Barbara and Kim!🙏🏼💙🙏🏼
This is a good story...a bit slower to get into when you are just done with a great series, but I will continue on in this series. It is soft and gentle. That's the best I can describe it...probably better for you if you want a quiet time read.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
The narration was excellent, however I thought the beginning was a bit slow. The first half of the book is very depressing. So much pain and suffering for the main character, Summer. This might be a good book for someone who has lost a child. Overall it has a good message and was enjoyable, but I did not feel compelled to keep listening like. Jennifer
yes. I enjoyed the story immensely, and I enjoyed Barbara's accent.
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This is my first time. I am not sure her accent was German, but it did give authenticity to the story. I did enjoy her.
I would have rated the story five stars had it not been for such an abrupt ending. Other than that the book was very very good. Enjoyed the author. The narrator absolutely made the story come alive. I may have found another favorite author.