Contemporary

Bringing Maggie Home

From WaterBrook Press (September 2017)

Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery,
and a Rift Spanning Three Generations

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

Bringing Maggie Home

When Love Returns

From WaterBrook Press (September 2015)

It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own—have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family.

Now with the upcoming wedding of their biological daughter, Suzanne and Paul find themselves drawn to one another once again—but with new challenges to face. They have been single parents with painful pasts. Can Paul and Suzanne find the strength to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy so long ago?

Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to visit friends–and as her chance to find her birth parents. Leaving the bed-and-breakfast in Suzanne’s apprehensive hands, Alexa embarks on a journey that will certainly change her life completely. Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing?

When Love Returns

When Grace Sings

From WaterBrook Press (March 2015)

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

When Grace Sings

When Mercy Rains

From WaterBrook Press (October 2014)

She left, heavily weighted with secrets. But God reveals all things, in His timing. And He redeems them.

Suzanne Zimmerman was only seventeen and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. With her old home, family, and first love firmly behind her, Suzanne moved to Indiana, became a nurse, and raised a daughter, Alexa, on her own.

Now, nearly twenty years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas. Her brother asks her to bring her nursing abilities home and care for their ailing mother. His request requires that Suzanne face a family that may not have forgiven her and a strict faith community. It also means seeing Paul Aldrich, her first love.

Paul, widowed with an eight-year-old son, is relieved to see Suzanne again, giving him the chance to beg her forgiveness for his past indiscretion. But when he meets Alexa, his guilt flickers in the glare of Suzanne’s prolonged secret—one that changes everything.

Suzanne had let go of any expectation for forgiveness long ago. Does she dare hope in mercy–and how will her uncovered past affect the people she loves the most?

When Mercy Rains

The Sommerfeld Trilogy

From Barbour Publishing (September 2008)

CBD Bestseller

3-BOOK OMNIBUS including BYGONES, BEGINNINGS, and BLESSINGS.

Enjoy the Sommerfeld trilogy of three Mennonite romances by bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer all under one value-priced cover. Amidst a quiet Kansas Mennonite community three women seek a place to belong. Marie is returning to reunite with her family. Beth is seeking her place among new-found family. Trina is choosing between two cherished dreams. Will each woman find a home within community and a faith on which to depend?

The Sommerfeld Trilogy

Blessings (Book 3 of the Sommerfeld Trilogy)

From Barbour Publishing (February 2008)

OUT OF PRINT

  • CBA & CBD Bestseller; ECPA Bestseller; PW Bestseller of 2008

Trina Muller has been blessed with the gift of healing God’s creatures. Desiring to use that gift, she seeks the opportunity for education but is met with resistance from her family.

Graham Ortmann loves Trina, but he can’t understand her desire to be more than wife and mother. Will this Old Order Mennonite girl be able to spread the wings she believes God has designed for her?

Blessings (Book 3 of the Sommerfeld Trilogy)

Beginnings (Book 2 of the Sommerfeld Trilogy)

From Barbour Publishing (October 2007)

OUT OF PRINT

  • CBA & CBD Bestseller; Top 20 CBD Books 2007

Beth Quinn is starting over…in her place of residence, her occupation, and her relationships. Two men vie for her affection–Andrew Braun, a steadfast and helpful Old Order Mennonite who expects traditional roles between men and women; and Sean McCauley, a man with Christian convictions but who is seemingly more business-minded than people-minded.

In which world does Beth’s heart belong? With so many choices in front of her, how can she know what God has planned?

Beginnings (Book 2 of the Sommerfeld Trilogy)

Kansas Weddings – Compilation of 3 Heartsong Titles

From Barbour Publishing (September 2007)

OUT OF PRINT

  1. DEAR JOHN — When Marin’s parents are killed on the way home from her college graduation, she inherits a huge responsibility… John, her older brother who has Down syndrome. She needs help, and she finds it in Philip Wilder, owner and operator of a job placement service for adults with disabilities. But an ugly secret from the past rears up to destroy the fragile bloom of Marin and Philip’s friendship…
  2. THAT WILDER BOY — (Voted Top 2006 Contemporary Story by Heartsong Presents readers; 3rd Place ACFW 2006 Book of the Year) Rocky Wilder is a changed man, determined to sow something other than wild oats. Carrie wants to believe Rocky is interested in her for reasons other than her wealth, but his reputation as “that Wilder boy” preceeds him. Can she trust that he’s truly a new creature in Christ?
  3. PROMISING ANGELA — Angela Fischer made some foolish choices, she wants her future to be brighter than her past. Ben Atchison feels drawn to Angela, but the fact that she once abused drugs stands in the way. Angela may have promised that she’s given up that lifestyle, but Ben heard that promise before from someone else he cares for. He knows sometimes promises aren’t kept.
Kansas Weddings – Compilation of 3 Heartsong Titles

Montana Mistletoe

From Barbour Publishing (September 2007)

OUT OF PRINT

Christmas-themed novella set including All I Want For Christmas Is…You.  Jingle-writer Kathy Morgan returns to her hometown of Mistletoe, Montana, to take a trip down “Memory Lane” and decide whether or not to accept the unexpected marriage proposal from a long-time co-worker. But local postman Erik Phillips turns her world upside-down by delivering much more than mail–he encourages her to seek fulfillment in a relationship with Jesus rather than a man. Will Kathy heed Erik’s advice before it’s too late?

Montana Mistletoe

Bygones (Book 1 of the Sommerfeld Trilogy)

From Barbour Publishing (April 2007)

OUT OF PRINT

CBA & CBD Bestseller; Finalist ACFW 2008 Book of the Year

Widower Marie Koeppler Quinn and her grown daughter Beth return to the Mennonite community Marie aban-doned twenty-three years ago. Soon after their arrival, a series of mysterious thefts raises suspicions against the “outsiders.” Can Marie prove their innocence or will she be forced to flee once more?
 
Henry Braun soon begins to wonder if she’s stolen more than his heart. When all is said and done, can Henry and Marie let bygones be bygones, or has their love been doomed from the start?
Bygones (Book 1 of the Sommerfeld Trilogy)

Promising Angela

From Barbour Publishing (September 2006)

Following her drug-related arrest, Angela finds herself out of rehab and in God’s family. She’s working at New Beginnings to fulfill her community service hours, but beyond that, she’s never felt more alone. Her old friends only want her the way she used to be, and her newest Christian friend, Ben, can’t seem to forgive her past. Jesus and His promises are her only comfort. Ben Atchison’s attraction to Angela comes to a screeching halt when he learns of her history. His cousins suffered permanent disability due to an overdose. Once an addict, always an addict, right? How could God ask him to love another person traveling the painful road of drug abuse? Will Ben allow his heart to trust Angela and in the God who promises to make her new?

Promising Angela

That Wilder Boy

From Barbour Publishing (August 2006)

Carrie Mays knows that to whom much is given much is required. That’s why she has to figure out what to do with the large inheritance she’s about to receive. She doesn’t want people to look at her and see dollar signs; she just wants to be loved for being Carrie. But when she is rejected because of her money, she doesn’t like that either. She has to surrender to the Lord and allow Him to bring her all that she needs. Rocky Wilder has always dreamed of having money. But now that he is a Christian all he wants is to follow the path the Lord has a laid out for him, and it looks like that’s becoming a landscaper. But he needs the funds to get his business up and going. Can he find a way to follow the Lord and not hurt people along the way? Has Rocky really changed, or is he still that Wilder boy?

That Wilder Boy

Dear John

From Barbour Publishing (April 2006)

After losing her parents in a fatal accident, Marin must step at once into their shoes: her mother’s to take care of her brother, John; her father’s to run the advertising agency he founded. Her brother has Downs syndrome and has stayed at home most of his life, and Marin refuses to place him in an institution, despite the urgings of family and friends to do so. Phillip Wilder helps bring disabled and non-disabled people together by placing clients in jobs throughout the city. But when he receives a call from Marin Brooks, who hopes to use his service only as a day-care facility for her brother, he balks. What holds her back from letting her brother get a job? Will God help these two, who seem perfect for each other, reconcile their differences?

Dear John