Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ours for a Season” as Want to Read:
Ours for a Season
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ours for a Season

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  95 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)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ours for a Season, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ours for a Season

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.33  · 
Rating details
 ·  305 ratings  ·  95 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Ours for a Season
My friend Joleen mentioned being a wolfer of books last week and I definitely felt like I was emulating her on this one. I started at 6 and finished at 9. This is a regular-length book, but it felt like it only lasted 100 pages, and I wanted it to be at least twice as long! This is the first time I have ever put a book remotely dealing with plain folk (these are Old Order Mennonites) on my favorites shelf, but it most definitely deserves the spot.

It's hard to say much about the plot with
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
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.
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
Andrea Cox
FTC Diclosure: NetGalley gave me a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

Tender and raw yet oh-so-beautiful, this story is a brilliant display of the yearning and search for peace. With the subjects of sex trafficking, cancer battles, and brotherly (and sisterly) love exquisitely handled by a master storyteller, it completely broke my heart in spots and had streams of tears coursing down my cheeks. This heartfelt story is clearly near a
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
It could be said that Ours for a Season is a book about human-trafficking, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about childlessness. About difficult early years and bitterness. About truth and discovery. It’s about pain, yet healing through the One who shares that hurt. There’s emptiness, but a deep contentment that only comes from a Savior. It’s about longing for love, and about a Father whose arms are open wide. It’s about resilience, new beginnings and about purpose issuing forth from a new ...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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Wow. This book surpassed all my expectations for an excellent read. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author handled so many deep, and painful, plot lines, masterfully weaving them together for a satisfying conclusion. I didn’t agree with all the theology, but expected that from the beginning.

One of the most powerful messages to me in this book was how living in such a law-oriented religious society can be damaging to working through grief and pain. However, I also found the restored r
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
Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors when it comes to fiction about the Mennonites so I knew I needed to read “Ours for a Season.”

This was a little different from some of the other books I’ve read in this genre as far as content goes. We see a married couple who have a struggling marriage after losing a baby and finding out they won’t be able to have children of their own. A woman who is a fighter and a desire to watch her dreams come true only to find out she has cancer. There is also
Karen R
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
How far would you go to get what you always dreamed of? How would you react if that dream was taken from you? That’s exactly the positions two childhood besties find themselves in. For very different dreams and very different reasons. Marty, a Mennonite woman only ever wanted a family. And family means children, not just a husband. Her dream, her only dream, was taken from her with a miscarriage and her husband contracting mumps as an adult. It’s not like this happened yesterday but even the few ...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • As the Tide Comes In
  • The Christmas Remedy
  • Hearts in Harmony
  • The Bake Shop (Amish Marketplace #1)
  • Who I Am with You (Legacy of Faith #1)
  • The Tinderbox
  • Listening to Love (An Amish Journey #2)
  • Mending Fences (The Deacon's Family, #1)
  • A Seat by the Hearth
  • Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County #5)
  • The Forgiving Jar (The Prayer Jars #2)
  • The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)
  • The First Love
  • The Englisch Daughter
  • The Loyal One (Walnut Creek, #2)
  • The Christmas Prayer
  • On a Summer Tide (Three Sisters Island #1)
  • The Teacher's Bride (Amish Brides of Birch Creek #1)
See similar books…
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 languages. A former elementary school teacher, she now enjoys a full-time writing and speak ...more

News & Interviews

There's something great about a paperback book: They're perfect book club choices, you can throw them in your bag and go, and they've been out in...
8 likes · 2 comments