Review: With Winter’s First Frost





With the coldest season comes the warmest of second chances.

At age seventy-three, Laura Kauffman knows she is closer to the end of life than the beginning. If God willed it, she would join her beloved late husband soon. Even so, Laura wonders what purpose God might have for her in this winter of her life—and why this season seems so lonely.

Widower Zechariah Stutzman is facing his own barren season, despite the great-grandchildren swirling around him. With his Parkinson’s worsening, he had no choice but to move in with his grandson’s family, though now he feels adrift and useless.

When Laura offers to help with Zechariah’s five great-grandchildren after their mother has a difficult childbirth, Zechariah is unsure how he will adjust to the warm but tart demeanor of this woman he has known since grade school. But soon Laura and Zechariah learn they are asking God the same questions about loss and hope. And they begin to wonder if He is providing answers after all.

With Winter’s First Frost reminds us that God’s purposes always bear fruit—and sometimes love is sweeter with age.

Rating: 4-stars


With Winter’s First Frost by Kelly Irvin is a charming tale. Here, I got to meet two senior Amish members going through stages of feeling useless and old. New changes have come and made their lives different. One lost her husband and is lost on where God was leading her. The other is experiencing his own feeling of being lonely and with his Parkinson’s disease getting worse, he feels hopeless. The story was sad, funny, and heartwarming. I enjoyed watching how the daily lives of these two characters went from dark to light again. Their quirky personalities made this entertaining. I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing so hard. Both Laura and Zechariah were contagious and likable characters. It brought so much life and humor to the book. Their banters were fun. Overall, I would recommend this clean inspiring read to all who love a good dose of reality and Amish lifestyles.

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