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Friday, September 27, 2013

Kathleen Bauer--Before the Dawn and Sweet September

About the books: When the world around you falls apart, could it be that God is giving you a second chance? This is just one of the questions on Charlotte Stevenson's mind as she brings her three grandchildren to live on the family farm in Guidepost Books' Home to Heather Creek series.

Before the Dawn begins just one week after the funeral of Charlotte's daughter, Denise. Denise's three children barely have time to process the death of their mother before they must move to the Heather Creek Farm they have never visited with grandparents they barely know. At age 16, Sam is fiercely protective of his younger siblings. Emily is 14 and desperately misses her friends. Young Christopher is only 8 and just wants to fit in. While Charlotte tries to help her grandchildren adjust to their new life, she also wrestles with her own grief and the enormous task of bringing her family together. Bob believes the fastest path to adjustment is a firm routine, with structure and chores, the same way they raised their own kids. However, that route led to Denise running away from home as a teenager and an estranged relationship with her family. Charlotte is worried about making the same mistakes she made with Denise. Is this her chance to make things right?

It is spring when the children arrive, and as Charlotte looks around the farm, she hopes the new life around them will signify hope and healing. The miracle of new life, along with God's healing touch, reminds all of them that it's always darkest just before the dawn.

My Review:

This is the first book in the Home to Heather Creek series.  Each book in the series is written by a different author, using the pen name Kathleen Bauer.  In the first book, Before the Dawn, Charlotte and Bob's estranged daughter, Denise, has been killed in an automobile accident.  She left custody of her three children, Sam, Emily, and Christopher to them.  They are not happy to leave San Diego and travel to rural Nebraska to a farm.  This book was written really well and showed the real struggle that the kids had to go through to adjust to their new surrounding.  It also showed Charlotte's real struggle as she had to adjust to having three children again and try to keep up at home.  Her husband, Bob, sometimes thinks that it isn't a good idea to keep the kids at the farm.  Then there is Charlotte and Bob's son, Pete, who still helps with the farm.  He and Bob don't always see eye to eye.  Denise's horse is still at the farm, and the kids, especially Emily, form a bond with the horse.  Will a near tragedy bring the family together or push them further apart?  If you are looking for a fast read that is real and gets to the heart, then this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Sweet September picks up at harvest time, as the children are settling into a new school year. While the harvest should be an exciting time, the children don't seem to be getting into the spirit. Emily is struggling with farm life, Christopher spends most of his time alone, and Sam is failing school. Trying to learn from what did and didn't work with her own kids, Charlotte is determined to get her grandchildren back on track.

As tenuous family bonds threaten to break apart, a mystery on the farm might be the one thing that can bond the family together. Charlotte sets out to uncover the truth, and as the kids unite to find answers, this cobbled-together family learns more about one another and the love that binds them together.

The lives of the Stevensons and their grandchildren unfold in this captivating story of the remarkable change that comes from the love of family, the kindness of others, sheer persistence and unshakable faith. As readers follow the Stevensons' inspiring stories, it's almost impossible not feel a part of this friendly, loving community, where God's grace can be seen in every circumstance.

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My Review:

I also enjoyed this book, the next in the Home to Heather Creek Series.  Even though a different author wrote this book, it still went well with the first book.  It continues the story and struggle of Charlotte and her grandkids trying to adjust to life.  All three children are still struggling to adjust to farm life and life in a rural area.  The author portrayed that struggle very well.  I look forward to reading more about this charming family in upcoming releases in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About the Author: Kathleen Bauer is the pen name for a team of writers who have come together to create the Home to Heather Creek series.
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