All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few
options. With her husband and children lost to illness, she has no
desire to continue on farther west to where she and her husband
planned to build their future. Instead, she seeks employment in a
small Mennonite community in order to be near the graves of her
Widower Peter Ollenburger, the local gristmill owner, needs someone to teach his young son. When he hears of a "learned woman" in town, he believes she is the answer to his prayers. He soon discovers, however, that helping this outsider may have troublesome consequences.
There is little this father will not do for his son, but as the boy begins to look at Summer as more than a teacher, Peter must make a choice. Does he marry this woman to give his son a new mother, or does he marry only for love?
Will Summer's broken heart ever be able to love again?
Debut novelist KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a wife, mother, and part-time elementary school teacher. Her previous work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in Hutchinson, Kansas, and have three daughters and two grandsons.