Today I am reviewing With Winter’s First Frost, the fourth and final book in the Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Will the long, cold winter prove to be Laura and Zechariah’s season of renewed purpose and love sweetened with age?
Laura Kauffman has been a widow for eight years–since her husband of forty-five years passed away in his sleep on Christmas Eve. She tries to keep herself busy with her nine children, fifty-two grandchildren, and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.
But she can’t stop wondering: What does God expect her to do with her days now? Has her usefulness been expended? Why leave her to carry on alone? Those are questions she can’t answer until a friend suffers complications during childbirth and needs someone to help care for her newborn twins and three older children.
The twins’ great-grandfather, Zechariah Stutzman, a widower himself, seems to need some upkeep as well. Suddenly, Laura has her hands full, and the long winter days don’t seem so long.
Zechariah suffers from Parkinson’s disease. When his wife died of breast cancer two years earlier, his children insisted he live with one of his grandsons and their growing family because of his disease’s progression. He’s not allowed to drive, chop wood, or build fires. He feels he has outlived his usefulness. Then Laura comes along and seems determined to change that.
Both Laura and Zechariah must seek God’s will to find the purpose for this season in their lives. They have to be willing to trust and to accept that second chances for romantic love are possible–even probable–when they give control of their lives to God.
I enjoyed reading the story of Laura and Zechariah… and how they both worked hard to be needed — and wanted — by their families. Honestly, I got a bit aggravated when Zechariah’s sons treated him like he wasn’t capable… even to moving him from one house to another without his approval or acceptance. But they were just trying to be helpful. However, it would have been MORE helpful if they had shared with him how they felt about him moving in. I know I would want to know, if it were me.
Thankfully, Laura was able to be a blessing to those around her — even to Zechariah — and although I won’t spoil the ending for you, I thought Kelly did an admirable job tying up the lose ends in the story. And I was even a bit sad to say goodbye to these wonderful characters!
Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt
- Upon a Spring Breeze
- Beneath the Summer Sun
- Through the Autumn Air
- With Winter’s First Frost