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Ours for a Season

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  105 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Waterbrook Press (first published September 2018)
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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 ...more
Maureen Timerman
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Not sure if Sawyer can write a bad book. I loved this one from the very beginning. I can wait for the next book.
Gail Hollingsworth
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Bonnie Gonzales
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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’!
Leslie M.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Vera Godley
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa Johnson
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Amy Bradsher
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'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
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Becky Van Daniker
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Full review coming soon.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Terry Houchin
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ash Luna
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Ours for a Season
By Kim Vogel Sawyer

Marty Hirschler has always wanted to be a mother but her dream is not to be. Her pain and longing has made her life in Pine Hill, Indiana, almost unbearable as friends and family continue to grow their own families. Her discontent is driving a wedge between her and her husband Anthony. And her faith has suffered as a result of this unanswered prayer.

When Marty's childhood friend asks Marty and Anthony to leave Indiana for a short-term job in Kansas, Marty feel
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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in the library. The little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer's Return. Kim's titles now exceed 1.5 million copies and are available in six different language. A former elementary school teacher, she now enjoys a full-time writing and speaki ...more