Title: When Love Returns (The Zimmerman Restoration Series #3)
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
My rating is 5 stars.
Readers are introduced to a new set of characters and a heart-thumping plot in the Zimmerman Restoration series that begins with When Mercy Rains, followed by When Grace Sings. The conclusion to the multitude of themes in this trilogy is in the final book, When Love Returns, which has a very powerful message. For me, it took awhile to remember where the story left off as well as where the situations with characters were when book two ended in When Grace Sings.
I believe the overall theme the author took pains to bring out in the books wasn’t just restoration, but repentance as well as redemption. These themes are reflected to us in a plethora of ways through the lives of the various Zimmerman family members and a few close friends. There are also the issues of unwed mothers, adoption, forgiveness, meeting the birth mothers and watching God turn a bad situation 180 degrees around for His glory. I believe the author did an excellent job showing that it does take time to work through heart issues as well as showing how many people can be impacted by the sin of another person.
Kim Vogel Sawyer has penned many good stories though I haven’t read all of them that she has published to date, but I do hope to read more of her stories in the days ahead. One of my favorite parts of the story is watching one of the male lead characters named Paul take responsibility for his part in sinning with Suzanne. Paul could have let her face church discipline and confession before the Body alone, but he stood beside Suzy and openly confessed too.
Another part of the story I liked was how husbands and wives prayed together and parents teaching their kids by praying with them at night before bed. The novels show us how much we can impact our families by praying together and instructing them, letting the community time of worship on Sundays be the support system instead of the other way around. I am going to miss the Zimmerman characters; yet, I look forward to what Kim Vogel Sawyer is writing for us to enjoy next!
Enjoy the reading the Zimmerman restoration series!
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