Spring's Renewal by Shelley Shepard Gray - 293 pages
Tim Graber arrives in Sugarcreek to help his aunt and uncle with spring
planting. At first, Tim doesn’t fit in with his many cousins and their
crowded lifestyle. But when he meets Clara Slabaugh, the local school
teacher, he understands why the Lord brought him to Sugarcreek. Clara is
shy and quiet. Scarred from a fire when she was small, Clara has
resigned herself to living alone and caring for her mother, who tells
her that no man will ever see past her scars, and that Clara needs to
keep teaching in order to make ends meet. Her father passed away years
ago, and her mother depends on her. But the scars mean nothing to Tim.
He appreciates her quiet nature and her wonderful, loving way with
children. Yet Tim has a sweetheart back home in Indiana. As these two
hearts struggle to determine their path, tragedy strikes, and every
other worry seems insignificant in comparison. Though they now face a
life they never imagined, will Tim and Clara have the faith to step out
and risk everything for a chance at true love?