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An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray. Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray. Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?


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An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray. Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray. Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?

30 review for Ours for a Season

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Um--wow! My friend Joleen mentioned being a wolfer of books last week and I definitely felt like I was emulating her on this one. I started at 6 and finished at 9. This is a regular-length book, but it felt like it only lasted 100 pages, and I wanted it to be at least twice as long! This is the first time I have ever put a book remotely dealing with plain folk (these are Old Order Mennonites) on my favorites shelf, but it most definitely deserves the spot. It's hard to say much about the plot with Um--wow! My friend Joleen mentioned being a wolfer of books last week and I definitely felt like I was emulating her on this one. I started at 6 and finished at 9. This is a regular-length book, but it felt like it only lasted 100 pages, and I wanted it to be at least twice as long! This is the first time I have ever put a book remotely dealing with plain folk (these are Old Order Mennonites) on my favorites shelf, but it most definitely deserves the spot. It's hard to say much about the plot without spoiling some of the joy of discovering it for yourself, so I'll just say that Marty and her dear friend Brooke are probably some of my favorite characters of the year. And Anthony is plenty fine as well, though the women's friendship is what really makes this story sparkle. If you enjoy meaningful stories of friendship, be sure to add this one to your reading list. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free ebook copy. A positive review was not required.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Let me just say that I really loved this book! I have read many Kim Vogel Sawyer books over the years and I do believe this is her most powerful one to date. There is quite a bit going on in this book. There is a strong friendship bond between two women since childhood, one an Old Order Mennonite woman and the other a take charge of the board meeting,know her own mind woman. What an unlikely friendship but it works for them. Each woman in life is dealt a devastating blow through some very bad ne Let me just say that I really loved this book! I have read many Kim Vogel Sawyer books over the years and I do believe this is her most powerful one to date. There is quite a bit going on in this book. There is a strong friendship bond between two women since childhood, one an Old Order Mennonite woman and the other a take charge of the board meeting,know her own mind woman. What an unlikely friendship but it works for them. Each woman in life is dealt a devastating blow through some very bad news. Through this they are there to prop each other up and and give the other the support they need. This book has a lot of layers and depth and each character has a purpose in God's eye's . We get to know each character very well and spend a lot of time with them. This book really has the good feelings in it and really makes you appreciate what you have and who you have in your day to day life. I loved seeing the spiritual reawakening in the characters. Sawyer deals with some pretty tough subjects here but they are subjects that need talked about in our society, like sexual predators and homelessness. She covers these subjects in a respectful way and there is information in the back of the book telling you how you can get involved to help. Reader Guide included in the back of the book. Pub Date 11 Sep 2018 I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah through Netgalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    Not sure if Sawyer can write a bad book. I loved this one from the very beginning. I can wait for the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    You might want to have the tissues handy as you read this book, what a journey the author has given us. There are several subjects that are touched on and they are brought to the forefront by the author, and we are able to put faces on all of these. We walk in Marty’s shoes as she goes through life without the foremost desire of her heart, a baby, and yet you will see that God has bigger plans for her, and yes, it is hard to accept and move on. Brook, I felt God put these people in her life, and we You might want to have the tissues handy as you read this book, what a journey the author has given us. There are several subjects that are touched on and they are brought to the forefront by the author, and we are able to put faces on all of these. We walk in Marty’s shoes as she goes through life without the foremost desire of her heart, a baby, and yet you will see that God has bigger plans for her, and yes, it is hard to accept and move on. Brook, I felt God put these people in her life, and we soon find out why, and she and Elliot are here for a reason, and oh how blessed we are to get to know them. Come and enjoy Marty and Anthony’s story and find how touched you are going to be, and when the last page is turned, I still wanted more! I received this book through the Publisher Waterbrook Press, and was not required to give a positive review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gail Hollingsworth

    This was a lovely and inspirational story. I cried several times throughout and felt deep joy other times. This was a very emotional ride. The characters were so real and I grew to care about them and what happened to them. The subject of human trafficking and homeless teenagers was brought to the forefront and was very heart wrenching. It also was inspiring to the point of wanting to see what the situation is in my own community. Marty, a Mennonite wife, has been unable to conceive in her many y This was a lovely and inspirational story. I cried several times throughout and felt deep joy other times. This was a very emotional ride. The characters were so real and I grew to care about them and what happened to them. The subject of human trafficking and homeless teenagers was brought to the forefront and was very heart wrenching. It also was inspiring to the point of wanting to see what the situation is in my own community. Marty, a Mennonite wife, has been unable to conceive in her many years of marriage. She blames God for something she wants so badly, to be a mother. God it seems always has better plans we just can't always see them at the time. Anthony, her husband, has his own construction company. To help Marty's best friend growing up with a new project, the two of them with part of the construction crew, travel to another state. Her friend Brooke is experiencing health problems along with her plans to renovate a ghost town to usefulness as a resort. God's plans for all of them begin flourishing through their prayers and their willingness to let Him lead. I highly recommend this novel! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Ours for a Season is the latest novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Martha “Marty” Hirschler lives with her husband, Anthony in Pine Hill, Indiana. Anthony owns Hirschler Construction and is frequently gone on construction projects for weeks at a time. The pair have grown apart since they learned that they cannot have children of their own and adoption is not a venture they can afford. Marty has lost her faith in God since her prayers have failed to be answered and desperately wants to get away from her Ours for a Season is the latest novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Martha “Marty” Hirschler lives with her husband, Anthony in Pine Hill, Indiana. Anthony owns Hirschler Construction and is frequently gone on construction projects for weeks at a time. The pair have grown apart since they learned that they cannot have children of their own and adoption is not a venture they can afford. Marty has lost her faith in God since her prayers have failed to be answered and desperately wants to get away from her family oriented community. Marty is surprised when she gets a letter addressed to both herself and Anthony from her English friend, Brooke Spalding. Brooke along with a group of investors have purchased land in northeast Kansas that used to be a thriving town. Her plan is to restore the town into a resort and she wants Anthony to oversee the construction. Brooke hopes the time away will help Marty and Anthony repair their marriage. When Brooke is diagnosed with cancer, she needs Marty’s help to get through this difficult time. It draws Brooke and Marty closer together along with giving Brooke an opportunity to learn about God. Anthony becomes faced with a moral dilemma when he learns Brooke plans to have a casino on the property. Then a runaway teenager is discovered on the grounds and the group learns the horrors of human trafficking and the difficulties teen’s experience in the foster care system. Anthony, Marty, Brooke and their workers will face a variety of challenges while in Kansas. Will they be able to overcome these hurdles and how will it impact their future? Ours for a Season contains good writing, but the story is a slow starter. I had a hard time getting into the story. Ours for a Season improved as I got further into the book along with the pacing. It was hard to like Marty in the beginning. Marty is depressed over her childless life. She sees families, pregnant woman, babies and children every where she goes in her town. Marty does not want her husband going away so often for work because she feels alone. However, Marty does not want to be around family or friends. When the opportunity from Brooke arrives, Marty feels it is the perfect solution (to run away where there are no children). Anthony could have been more understanding (though it has been two years) and sympathetic to Marty’s feelings. I began to warm up to the characters as the story progressed. I did feel that the first part of the story was too long (it became a Marty pity party). I liked Brooke Spalding. She is a strong, smart female who had a dream and did everything in her power to achieve it. However, Brooke was kind, thoughtful and never ruthless. I would have liked more on Brooke especially at the end. The point-of-view switches between Marty, Anthony and Brooke. It can be confusing (at first), though it does allow a reader to learn what each character is thinking and feeling. Ours for a Season has a good flow as we transition between the characters and situations. The ending was good, but it felt rushed. The author handled the subject of human trafficking deftly. It is a serious problem and I liked the solution presented in the story. The Christian theme is present throughout the book (having faith, power of prayer, God is in charge of our lives). There are good spiritual insights presented and you will continue to ponder on them long after you finish Ours for a Season.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gonzales

    This one pulled me in page by page, with characters so well written you felt like you could see them, even the ones with the small parts. So much in this one is really heartfelt, Marty and Anthony’s not being able to have a child, Brook’s cancer and childhood and the troubled teenagers, it just kept my emotions so involved. You won’t forget this one when you close the book, I would love to see it made into a movie, all though I can just hear myself saying ‘The book was better’!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    Let me start off by saying I LOVED this book! If you’re looking for a typical Mennonite book, this isn’t it. But, don’t let that keep you from reading it. The message is so powerful, and the story may just stick with you long after the final page (as it certainly will for me). Old Order Mennonite couple Anthony and Marty have lost a child and are unable to have any more. Anthony is putting himself into his construction business, and he travels a lot, spending time away from his wife. Marty can’t Let me start off by saying I LOVED this book! If you’re looking for a typical Mennonite book, this isn’t it. But, don’t let that keep you from reading it. The message is so powerful, and the story may just stick with you long after the final page (as it certainly will for me). Old Order Mennonite couple Anthony and Marty have lost a child and are unable to have any more. Anthony is putting himself into his construction business, and he travels a lot, spending time away from his wife. Marty can’t seem to move past her longing to be a mother, and it’s putting a strain on their relationship. Her friend Brooke offers them an opportunity to get away and hopefully heal their marriage, and they decide to go for it and see where God leads them. The journey will take them on some unexpected turns, and they will need to rely on their faith. There is so much depth to this story, emotionally and spiritually. It’s wonderful to see the way God works through and uses each character, and not one character is wasted. They all fit perfectly together. Brooke was one of my favorites, and she experienced the most character growth. But, then again, so did Elliot, and Marty, and… oh, I just enjoyed them all! The author tackles some serious issues, such as infertility, marital problems, serious illness, sex trafficking, and homelessness. It’s nice to read a story that doesn’t gloss over such things that are prevalent in today’s society. This powerful story is a reminder that God’s hand is always at work, even if we don’t always see it at the time. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Can I give this 10 stars? No one quite writes a story like Ms. Sawyer, as her characters wrap around your heart and leave you a better person when finished. You will definitely need tissues as you read about human trafficking, homeless teens, a woman’s brokenness over being childless, cancer and how all things work together for good to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our lives. It is a moving tale that transports you into the midst and you feel the heartbreak and joy while learning what “joy Can I give this 10 stars? No one quite writes a story like Ms. Sawyer, as her characters wrap around your heart and leave you a better person when finished. You will definitely need tissues as you read about human trafficking, homeless teens, a woman’s brokenness over being childless, cancer and how all things work together for good to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our lives. It is a moving tale that transports you into the midst and you feel the heartbreak and joy while learning what “joy breathing deeply” means. What beautiful words. Have you ever been angry with God and blamed Him for something? I encourage you to read this and find out how Marty became an overcomer over the pain and sorrow she was feeling. This is an all encompassing living, breathing sermon without being preachy. You need to put this on your must read list and on your shelf of books that you will read over and over again. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    OURS FOR A SEASON is Ms. Sawyer's most recent novel. A Mennonite couple from Indiana relocate to a ghost town in Kansas... This story starts very slow. It kind of dragged at first, and I was getting tired of reading about Marty's woes, but it was a necessary part of character development, so stick in there if you struggle, too. By page 73 something piqued my interest, so I read more willingly, and by the end of the book I didn't want to put it down. This book didn't go where I thought it would go OURS FOR A SEASON is Ms. Sawyer's most recent novel. A Mennonite couple from Indiana relocate to a ghost town in Kansas... This story starts very slow. It kind of dragged at first, and I was getting tired of reading about Marty's woes, but it was a necessary part of character development, so stick in there if you struggle, too. By page 73 something piqued my interest, so I read more willingly, and by the end of the book I didn't want to put it down. This book didn't go where I thought it would go in a way, and yet, in another way, it did. I liked Anthony and Marty once I got to know them. I could relate to Brooke's struggle with cancer, with even the anti-nausea drugs not working (ugh) and Elliot, I just wanted to reach out and hug him. OURS FOR A SEASON is a sweet women's fiction book about a couple finding themselves, finding God's plan for them, and going the extra mile to achieve it. Recommended. Fans of Amish and other Plain fiction, or fans of women's fiction, will likely love this book. i was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    We meet Marty and her husband Anthony. We learn that they can not have biological children of there own. They seem to be having a hard time getting along. Marty seem to not be able to move on from the news and feeling likes something is missing. God seem to have bigger and better plan for her and Anthony. We go though several different kinds of issues and Sawyer bring them to the for front. Brooke got to deal with painful disease and it is brought up which is Cancer. Will she beat it? What is God We meet Marty and her husband Anthony. We learn that they can not have biological children of there own. They seem to be having a hard time getting along. Marty seem to not be able to move on from the news and feeling likes something is missing. God seem to have bigger and better plan for her and Anthony. We go though several different kinds of issues and Sawyer bring them to the for front. Brooke got to deal with painful disease and it is brought up which is Cancer. Will she beat it? What is Gods plan for Brooke. What is Gods Plan for Eagle Creek? God decides to bring Marty and Anthony to Kansas? We meet a young teenager named Elliot and a young girl. Will there be healing for these three friends? Will a drifting marriage bring back to life? Will Brooke find her heavenly father? What could Gods big plans be to bring Marty and Anthony and Brooke together?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest novel, Ours for a Season, is a inspirational, yet emotional story. This is a book that is just wonderful, yet full of emotions. I don't cry a lot during books, but several times throughout this book, I had tears coming down my face. Ms. Sawyer knows how to bring out the emotions in this particular novel, especially as she draws in such a deep topic into the story and weaves it throughout. Weaving in human trafficking and homeless teenagers makes this story very relatabl Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest novel, Ours for a Season, is a inspirational, yet emotional story. This is a book that is just wonderful, yet full of emotions. I don't cry a lot during books, but several times throughout this book, I had tears coming down my face. Ms. Sawyer knows how to bring out the emotions in this particular novel, especially as she draws in such a deep topic into the story and weaves it throughout. Weaving in human trafficking and homeless teenagers makes this story very relatable and also heartbreaking. Also, the story of weaving in the heartbreak of not being able to conceive a child is also one that is painful and very real. I love that Ms. Sawyer is able to take difficult topics and put them into her books to make them relatable. I found this book to be inspiring and a book that I couldn't stop reading. I highly recommend reading it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray. Reading Ms. Sawyer's story woven around members of an Old Order Mennonite community helps this reader grasp some of the similarities and differences between this Old Order group and Old Order Amish. Anthony Hirschler is the male protagonist and owns a construction company. He drives a truck, has a cell phone, etc. Marty, his wife also drives and An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray. Reading Ms. Sawyer's story woven around members of an Old Order Mennonite community helps this reader grasp some of the similarities and differences between this Old Order group and Old Order Amish. Anthony Hirschler is the male protagonist and owns a construction company. He drives a truck, has a cell phone, etc. Marty, his wife also drives and has a phone. They dress in a manner similar to the Amish (ladies cover their hair, have simple dresses, and aprons). They stand out in secular communities as being set apart yet not as set apart as their Old Order Amish counterparts. The Old Order Mennonites in this story still defer to the local community's religious order for making decisions in life and business. Now the story..... I found Marty's pouty disposition and standoffishness irritating and personally felt she should let go of her feeling so unhappy and unfulfilled because she and her husband were unable to have children of their own. She seemed self-centered in this attitude and unfeeling in regard to her husband's feelings. What I related to in the story..... Marty's best friend during her growing up years was Brooke who has become a very successful business woman out in the secular world. She is a worldly woman with no family. Then cancer strikes and she needs Marty's help. The description of Brooke's battle with cancer and the treatments really hit home to me. Several years ago my husband had cancer with all its ugly effects and happenings - surgery, chemo treatments, radiation, sickness, and a tiredness and weariness that only those who are brought low with chemo can know. My daughter also had cancer and these awful times. So it was hard to read this story that carried Brooke's story and her battle. The story ends on a high note - and the story ends on a low note. Just as in life their are the high moments and there are the low moments. The story of redemption is alive and well in Ours For A Seasonn and the characters who need redemption so much. The thread of abuse and homelessness and the need to address these issues is a major part of the story. This is a good read that can have one experience a roller coaster of emotions during the reading. DISCLOSURE: As part of the Ours For A Season launch team I received a complimentary Advanced Reader's Copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own alone and are freely given.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

    Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest novel, Ours for a Season, is an atypical Mennonite story. Marty and Anthony Hirschler, unable to have children, are floundering in their marriage. Neither knows how to cross the ever-widening chasm that is growing. Marty’s best friend since childhood contacts her wanting to hire Anthony, who is a general contractor, to rebuild a “ghost” town, thus offering them a change of scenery and pace. I felt a myriad of emotions during the reading of Ours for a Season. My heart ached Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest novel, Ours for a Season, is an atypical Mennonite story. Marty and Anthony Hirschler, unable to have children, are floundering in their marriage. Neither knows how to cross the ever-widening chasm that is growing. Marty’s best friend since childhood contacts her wanting to hire Anthony, who is a general contractor, to rebuild a “ghost” town, thus offering them a change of scenery and pace. I felt a myriad of emotions during the reading of Ours for a Season. My heart ached for the Hirschler’s and their inability to have children, along with growing antipathy toward each other. The story also deals with some weighty issues, from teenage runaways to sex trafficking, infertility and cancer. I took a little time to warm up to Marty. I felt she was a little harsh with her husband. I also felt Anthony wasn’t as sympathetic and understanding as he could have been. However, as the story progressed, I came to care for both of them, along with the other characters who are introduced. The story flows well, from one situation to the next without your feeling as if you’re on a roller coaster ride. There is a lot of insight and spiritual profundity in the story, which will leave you thinking about it for a long while after reading it. I received this book from WaterBrook Publisher’s, NetGalley and the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tish

    Another great book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It is a story about a Old Order Mennonite community Mary and her husband Anthony lose a child and was told she would never have more. Her husband Anthony is in construction and travels a lot which puts a strain on there marriage. When her friend Brooke writes and ask her and Anthony for help they make the plunge and do so. It is a beautiful story of Faith and overcoming loss. There are a lot of things that happen in this book that keeps you interested.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Ours for a Season Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer Pages: 338 (ARC) Year: 2018 Publisher: Waterbrook My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Marty and Brooke have been friends since grade school, but for the last several years they have communicated by letters as Brooke moved to Kansas City and Marty lives in Indiana. Marty is Mennonite while Brooke is agnostic. Marty is grieving the loss of a child and a future without the hope of having another child of her own. Her husband, Anthony, owns a construction busin Title: Ours for a Season Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer Pages: 338 (ARC) Year: 2018 Publisher: Waterbrook My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Marty and Brooke have been friends since grade school, but for the last several years they have communicated by letters as Brooke moved to Kansas City and Marty lives in Indiana. Marty is Mennonite while Brooke is agnostic. Marty is grieving the loss of a child and a future without the hope of having another child of her own. Her husband, Anthony, owns a construction business and travels to various cities often. He is trying to escape the mournful face of his wife as it has been over two years since the news of infertility was delivered to them after he suffered through a case of mumps. He has grieved the loss of their unborn child but trusts God to help him through the loss. He and Marty have grown apart emotionally, physically and spiritually. They no longer pray together, and only share mundane conversations when necessary. Then, a letter arrives from Brooke addressed to both that they must open together. What’s in the letter will change the direction of their lives. Brooke Spalding has been a feisty woman all her life. She is ambitious and has done well financially. Her latest project has received investor money to bring an old ghost town back to life as a resort. Brooke knows just the man she wants in charge of renovations…Anthony Hirschler. Brooke hopes he will agree to head up the construction team and bring Marty along so the two of them can be together away from their community to heal their marriage. They agree to come, which turns out to be fortunate for Brooke when she receives some alarming news from her doctor. While the story was interesting, the pace was a bit slow for me. That is the only negative I have for this heartfelt story of loss, redemption, reconciliation and acceptance. The three main characters were likeable and expressed realistic emotions. The deep friendship between Brooke and Marty was so touching! I loved the idea of taking a ghost town and bringing it back to life, restoring the old crumbling buildings to their original sheen. This author’s stories always have something unique and interesting about them. I look forward to her next novel as I know her books are always worth reading. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953 Hannabass

    Our’s for a Season is such an awesome read. I love that author Kim Vogel Sawyer puts a different twist on Amish and Mennonite stories! Anthony and Marty Hirschler are unable to have children, which is not a good thinking for a couple in the Mennonite community where having a big family is a way of life. As Marty is longing to leave their community, she rec’ves a letter from her best childhood friend, Brook Spaulding, wanting to contract rebuilding a ghost town out to Anthony. Which would mean le Our’s for a Season is such an awesome read. I love that author Kim Vogel Sawyer puts a different twist on Amish and Mennonite stories! Anthony and Marty Hirschler are unable to have children, which is not a good thinking for a couple in the Mennonite community where having a big family is a way of life. As Marty is longing to leave their community, she rec’ves a letter from her best childhood friend, Brook Spaulding, wanting to contract rebuilding a ghost town out to Anthony. Which would mean leaving their Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill for a long while. Will their time away from home rebuild the life and marriage they once had? This is such a sweet, but yet heartbreaking story. My heart was aching for Marty and Anthony. Two people who clearly loves each other, but the disappointments And pressures of life have slowly pulled the two apart. And their Mennonite friends could really be harsh and uncaring about the remarks they would make because the couple was childless. I was so glad Brook hired Anthony, so the couple could be forever gone from these. But their new home and surroundings didn’t cure their problems immediately. There were many issues, many twists and turns to this story that made life, as well as decisions so very difficult at times. But as usual, Ms. Sawyer creates awesome, realistic characters, and weaves together every twist and turn the story takes, writing an amazing story for us to read. I love everything about this story. I love that Ms. Sawyer clearly tells the Gospel in this story within the lives of the characters. I highly recommend this story to anyone wanting a good clean fun read. And especially to those who love and enjoy Amish and Mennonite stories! I received this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Launch Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bradsher

    Sawyer writes a new kind of story with Ours for a Season! This isn't your typical conservative Christian book; instead, it will stretch your ideas of what Christians can do and how - and with whom - we should interact. I love the way that Sawyer created main characters who were ultra-conservative Mennonites and then placed an important supporting character right behind them who was anything but. I love the contrast between these characters, the relationship between them, and the growth that sprin Sawyer writes a new kind of story with Ours for a Season! This isn't your typical conservative Christian book; instead, it will stretch your ideas of what Christians can do and how - and with whom - we should interact. I love the way that Sawyer created main characters who were ultra-conservative Mennonites and then placed an important supporting character right behind them who was anything but. I love the contrast between these characters, the relationship between them, and the growth that springs up from the conflicts in this story. The conflict isn't one you'll find anywhere else, either - and aren't you ready for a new plot line? I love the way that Sawyer wrote marital discord and spiritual discontent into a Mennonite family and then faced them with a slew of worldly problems. I love that - because problems aren't only for Christians or not, but people everywhere of all belief systems face them, and we all want to be able to face them in better ways. The characters in Ours for a Season definitely do that. While the characters and conflict were unpredictable, I can't say the same for the eventual resolution. I did figure out what was going to happen partway through the story, but that didn't make the ending any less sweet. I enjoying seeing Marty, Brooke, and the others transform and grow throughout the book, and the plot twists were enjoyable. After turning the last page, I regretted it; I found myself wanting more time with these characters. If you like to read sweet stories of faith, or stories that will poke you a bit and challenge you to live your faith out well, or even stories that deal with real issues facing American society today, then pick up a copy of Ours for a Season. You'll be glad you did. I received a free copy of Ours for a Season from WaterBrook and Multnomah. All opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Would this fear be her companion for the next several months?' I was a bit hesitant to read this book because I'm not an Amish/Mennonite fan. But this is very far from the typical Mennonite book. I've enjoyed Kim Vogel Sawyer's books and I read it on the strength of her name alone. I am so glad I did. Anthony and Marty Hirschler are an Old Order Mennonite couple. They have grown apart since they were told they would never be able to have children. In their culture, that is a huge deal. Marty is p 'Would this fear be her companion for the next several months?' I was a bit hesitant to read this book because I'm not an Amish/Mennonite fan. But this is very far from the typical Mennonite book. I've enjoyed Kim Vogel Sawyer's books and I read it on the strength of her name alone. I am so glad I did. Anthony and Marty Hirschler are an Old Order Mennonite couple. They have grown apart since they were told they would never be able to have children. In their culture, that is a huge deal. Marty is practically despondent and does not enjoy life at all. She desperately wants away from their town in Indiana. Anthony is a contractor and works away from home a lot, often feeling guilty that he doesn't have to be around Marty's morose attitude. When Brooke Spaulding, Marty's childhood friend calls and wants Anthony to restore an old ghost town to a resort area, Marty feels it's God's answer to her prayers to get away. They leave to go and fulfill Brooke's request, not knowing that Brooke has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Everything that happens seems to be filling right in with God's plan for them. Then moral complications arise and they are torn with what to do? Should they leave? Should they trust God to reveal His plan? Kim Vogel Sawyer tackles some pretty tough issues here: marital problems, infertility, cancer, human trafficking, and she does it very well. She fleshes out these characters so well that the reader feels each one's heart. It was a very moving book. Sawyer reaches deep into her readers' hearts and pulls them into the very lives of these characters. It was difficult to put down when life intruded. Highly recommended. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Anthony and Marty find they can’t have children and Marty is drifting from her faith in the old order Mennonite sect. Anthony spends all his time with his construction business. Marty’s old school friend Brooke, sends a letter wanting Anthony to come restore a Kansas ghost town into a resort. Brooke has cancer and Marty spends most of her time taking care of Brooke. Marty and Anthony wonder if something bigger is going to happen in their lives when they find a young runaway.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I spent the weekend unable to put this book down for very long. This story of Marty, Anthony and Brooke drew me in and kept me reading on. This book does tackle some difficult subjects but Kim Vogel Sawyer handles them so well. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becky Van Daniker

    Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors when it comes to fiction about the Mennonites so I knew I needed to read “Ours for a Season.” This was a little different from some of the other books I’ve read in this genre as far as content goes. We see a married couple who have a struggling marriage after losing a baby and finding out they won’t be able to have children of their own. A woman who is a fighter and a desire to watch her dreams come true only to find out she has cancer. There is also Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors when it comes to fiction about the Mennonites so I knew I needed to read “Ours for a Season.” This was a little different from some of the other books I’ve read in this genre as far as content goes. We see a married couple who have a struggling marriage after losing a baby and finding out they won’t be able to have children of their own. A woman who is a fighter and a desire to watch her dreams come true only to find out she has cancer. There is also a major theme about anti-human trafficking and abused teens. The entire way through readers will find themselves wondering if these characters are going to find the healing they need, how will it affect their futures, and what are God’s plans for this situation? This may just be fiction, but Kim Vogel Sawyer definitely challenges her readers and makes one think about the hard things. It is a roller-coaster of emotions as well. This is a beautiful and poignant story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    A heartfelt story with a lot of spiritual and emotional depth. Characters whose lives take unexpected turns, struggle with their inner turmoil and search for peace and meaning in their lives.This is a multi layered novel, starting out a bit slow, but picking up the pace as they get involved in each others lives, and reach out to others, stretching their faith and learning to trust God on a deeper level. I liked the character of Brooke the best with her determination for independence giving way t A heartfelt story with a lot of spiritual and emotional depth. Characters whose lives take unexpected turns, struggle with their inner turmoil and search for peace and meaning in their lives.This is a multi layered novel, starting out a bit slow, but picking up the pace as they get involved in each others lives, and reach out to others, stretching their faith and learning to trust God on a deeper level. I liked the character of Brooke the best with her determination for independence giving way to circumstances, and opening her eyes to God's love for her. Some serious issues are touched on in this book, like dealing with infertility, marital issues, serious illness, homeless teens, and sex trafficking. Readers who like stories that include social issues from a Christian viewpoint will probably enjoy this book. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terry Houchin

    What a beautiful story!  Interesting how the childless Mennonites worked around the moral issues and trusted God to show them the way, and how He blessed them. Brooke is a hoot, and I loved the way she and Marty interacted. I don't want to give anything away.....but this is not your typical Mennenite story. This one takes Marty and Anthony far from their Mennenite community. We get to see how they handle living and working out in the real world. I loved watching how God worked in their lives and Br What a beautiful story!  Interesting how the childless Mennonites worked around the moral issues and trusted God to show them the way, and how He blessed them. Brooke is a hoot, and I loved the way she and Marty interacted. I don't want to give anything away.....but this is not your typical Mennenite story. This one takes Marty and Anthony far from their Mennenite community. We get to see how they handle living and working out in the real world. I loved watching how God worked in their lives and Brooke's. I loved this story and I hope you will pick up a copy and let me know what you think of it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a very well written book about how a Mennonite couple got involved in helping girls that were kidnapped for human trafficking. This was the first book I read by this author but it won't be the last. Thank you NetGalley for an ARC copy in exchange for a honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ash Luna

    Ours for a Season was not a normal Amish Romance for some reason I could not connect to the characters, however I finished it but it felt like it took forever to get thru.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Ours For a Season (2018) by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a phenomenal stand-alone novel. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 352 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me six days to read. I received a copy of this book in ARC paperback form from the publisher, WaterBrook. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Ours For a Season 5+++++ STARS. This story is a Conte Ours For a Season (2018) by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a phenomenal stand-alone novel. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 352 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me six days to read. I received a copy of this book in ARC paperback form from the publisher, WaterBrook. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Ours For a Season 5+++++ STARS. This story is a Contemporary Christian Fiction novel. Our earth hurts people. Women who desperately desire to be mothers are barren. Children who long for a family are homeless, hungry, and alone. Humans battling horrible illnesses are dying no matter how hard they fight. And, marriages that long to be happy are falling to pieces. Sometimes, it is easy to look at this earth and all its awful, demoralizing, devil-induced problems and fall into a sense of overwhelming despair. But God doesn't want us to give in to the ugly. God made each of us for an amazing purpose that might not change the entire world, but that can absolutely change ours for the better if only we give in to His will for us. Ours For a Season is a book unlike any I've read before. I had no idea what I was getting into when I began this book. Honestly, I thought is was going to be another stereotypical Amish-y type story that I would be able to read through quickly. Yeah, that's not what this book is AT ALL! This novel took me six days to read -- probably the longest I've ever taken to read a novel. Ours For a Season is beautifully, flawlessly written. It is a well crafted book filled with characters who are beyond endearing. And, the plot flows so well. But, this book is hard to read. Ours For a Season deals many tough issues -- a broken marriage, a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments, homelessness, and sex trafficking just to name a few. All of the stressful and painful topics in this novel are dealt with respectfully and honestly, but made for a story I had to walk away from for a couple of hours in order to catch my breathe. I recommend a box of tissue or two while you're reading this story! This story is told via three perspectives: Marty, her husband Anthony, and her best friend Brooke. I really appreciate when an author shows me multiple character points of view. To me, it makes the story all the more rich, and I feel like I get to know the characters better. Of the three main characters, I identified with Brooke the most. Brooke has had a very rough childhood -- her father is nonexistent and her mother is an abusive alcoholic. Of the many issues Brooke traverses in her fictional lifetime, it's the notion of not having a father that struck a chord with me. Brooke never knew an earthly father, and her mother was never a mother to her, which means that Brooke has had to always do life on her own. Brooke doesn't need anyone. When she is 36 years old, she finally is confronted with a weakness that forces her to rely on someone else. It is during this time of weakness that Brooke realizes she needs to fall into the arms of the only Abba that actually matters, our Heavenly Father. It takes her some time to build trust in God, but once she takes the leap, Brooke realizes that God's love and security as a Father is all she really needs. The notion that God is the only Father I will ever need really resonated with me. I am blessed to have two earthly fathers -- my biological dad and my step-dad. I love both of my fathers very much, and do feel like God has blessed me big time by putting these men into my lives. But, as do all humans on this earth, my two dads have some flaws that I superimposed onto my benevolent Heavenly Father. My biological dad is smart and funny and genuinely cares as best he can, but he is also angry and runs away from everything and everyone. My step-father is wise beyond his years, loving, and excellent to talk to, but he has a mean streak that has punched my heart a time or two. Before my walk with God matured to where it is today, I used to think that God the Father was a big meanie. Yes, He loved, created, and cared, but He also could be angry, mean, and absent. As I got older I realized that I was unfairly attaching my earthly fathers' negative qualities to my Heavenly Father, and sought to discover God's true qualities. Like Brooke, it took me some time, and lots of Bible study and prayer, to uncover God's true fatherly qualities, but once I accepted that God loved me as a dad should, that He's my one true Abba, my life totally turned around for the better. Ours For a Season is another fabulous novel that I cannot do justice to in one review. This novel is poignant, beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful. It made me cry hard. It made me angry. And, it made me so happy and hopeful. I definitely ran the gamut of emotions with this one! Ours For a Season is another 2018 must-read that I highly, highly recommend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Marty has grown quite discontent, and even angry, with both God and her husband, Anthony. She was a happily married Old Order Mennonite young woman, until the fateful day when the doctor pronounced that Anthony would never father any children due to him having the mumps. Marty stopped commuting with God and her marriage grew distant. Children were all she'd ever wanted. She couldn't bear to see the families in the community or enjoy visiting with family members who had young children. Her arms w Marty has grown quite discontent, and even angry, with both God and her husband, Anthony. She was a happily married Old Order Mennonite young woman, until the fateful day when the doctor pronounced that Anthony would never father any children due to him having the mumps. Marty stopped commuting with God and her marriage grew distant. Children were all she'd ever wanted. She couldn't bear to see the families in the community or enjoy visiting with family members who had young children. Her arms would never hold her and Anthony's own child. Marty and her childhood friend, Brooke, have communicated through letters since adulthood. Although, Brooke isn't Mennonite, or even a Christian, the two are very close friends. After a desperate plea to God to get her out of the community, she receives a packet in the mail from Brooke with instructions it is to be opened with both her and her husband present. Anthony owns a construction business which often takes him out of the area and away from Marty. She patiently waits for him to return from an out of town job so they can open the letter together. Much to their surprise, Brooke has purchased an old ghost town and wishes to bring it back to life as a resort. And, she wants Anthony and his team to do the work. This would mean leaving their home in Indiana to live in Kansas for eighteen months. One stipulation is that Marty accompanies him to Kansas. Brooke is aware of the distance in the marriage and realizes them being apart for so long would not be beneficial to their relationship. Marty feels this is what she so desperately needs. After prayer and speaking to the leaders in their church, Anthony accepts Brooke's proposition. He doesn't say anything to Marty, but if all goes well, once the job is complete, they would have the money to try for adoption. Brooke has just received a diagnosis of cancer and leans on Marty to care for her and take her to and from doctor appointments. Marty, along with another wife who accompanied her husband to Kansas, cooks and feeds the work crew. A teenage girl is found hiding on the property after they realize food is being stolen and they become aware of human trafficking. A wonderful story that will get you caught up in the characters, as well as human trafficking and the need for foster care. Characters learned to lean on God in good and bad times. Some turned to God for the first time. And, some learned that what they thought was the only thing that would make them happy and complete was not what God had in mind, and we know that He always knows what we need long long before we do. Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook & Multnomah through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Ours For A Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer – 5 Stars! I’ve always liked the author Kim Vogel Sawyer, this book was just another of hers that had me after the first couple of pages. She writes often about the Amish or Mennonite people. This book was about a couple who were part of a Mennonite community. Anthony and Marty Hirschler married and he caught the Mumps after rendering him sterile. She lost the baby she carried the first one and now her life is nothing like she thought it would be. They are fa Ours For A Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer – 5 Stars! I’ve always liked the author Kim Vogel Sawyer, this book was just another of hers that had me after the first couple of pages. She writes often about the Amish or Mennonite people. This book was about a couple who were part of a Mennonite community. Anthony and Marty Hirschler married and he caught the Mumps after rendering him sterile. She lost the baby she carried the first one and now her life is nothing like she thought it would be. They are falling further and further away from each other and Marty is having problems with her faith in God. She can’t stand to be around her family members that have little ones or are pregnant because it just hurts too much! Her friend Brooke a childhood friend who is not Mennonite writes and invites the couple to come and help run a construction crew to turn a ghost town into a resort community. Anthony has a construction crew in Indiana. There are many issues that come up through the story as I read it. The book left me wanting to keep reading it, I carried it around where ever I went, to get a page in here and there. The book was very interesting, compelling, and I liked the story line. The characters were well developed as well as the story line. Of course, God and the Bible are referenced in the book as the author enjoys a full time speaking and writing ministry. I received this book from the publisher through their book launch program. @WaterBrookjMultnomah #Partner An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray. Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschler’s nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nyla

    If you are like me, you enjoy reading novels about different times, places, and ways of life. These fiction books provide information, and I always learn something. In author Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Ours for a Season, I was taken into a small part of the Mennonite world. It is part Amish but with a more modern touch. This is not your typical Amish or Mennonite story. Anyone will be captivated with it. In Ours for a Season we meet Old Order Mennonite husband and wife, Anthony and Marty Hirschler. They If you are like me, you enjoy reading novels about different times, places, and ways of life. These fiction books provide information, and I always learn something. In author Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Ours for a Season, I was taken into a small part of the Mennonite world. It is part Amish but with a more modern touch. This is not your typical Amish or Mennonite story. Anyone will be captivated with it. In Ours for a Season we meet Old Order Mennonite husband and wife, Anthony and Marty Hirschler. They are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. They have lost a child and have not been able to have any other children. Doctors have confirmed they will not have any. Each deal with this loss in a different way. Anthony pours himself into his construction business. Marty is battling depression and yearns for a child. She struggles with living in a community where children are so important as are large families. Their marriage is a bit rocky. Brooke Spalding, is a childhood friend and reconnects with Marty. She offers the Hirschlers an opportunity to get away from Indiana which they hope will mend their fragile relationship. Brooke has ulterior motives. This journey is a roller coaster one filled with twist and turns, mystery, faith, intrigue, action, hope, and love. All of the characters in this exceptional book are so well conceived. It is easy to become invested in their lives. They come alive on the pages. The author has done a wonderful job with tackling so many issues we face in today’s life. Tough, heartbreaking issues. The message of redemption, trusting and turning to God is in the forefront of this hauntingly beautiful, power story. There is no confusion about whether or not this is a Christian novel. It absolutely is. I completely loved this emotionally charged story. It pulled, not tugged, on my heartstrings more than a few times. The author has done an exemplary job in researching, planning, and writing this novel. Her talent is evident in this “do not stop reading me” book. This is a definitely yes, 5 star recommended book for me. The storyline is too good to share any more and ruin experiencing it for yourself. As I read this page turner, I kept saying WOW. Yes, it is a wow read that you need to experience yourself.

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