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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed book that are in a series. The Home to Heather Creek Series is no exception! I truly enjoyed this these two books! The story starts out with a tragic event. Sam, Emily and Christopher loose their mother in a motor vehicle accident. They are taken from their home in San Diego into the heart of Nebraska to live on a farm with their grandparents with whom they barely know, Charlotte and Bob and their Uncle Pete their mother Denise’s brother who lives on the farm with his parents and helps run the family farm.
The children go from their busy lives with cell phones and computers and a more city culture to rural farm living in a small town. Quite a lot of change for these three. It is also quite a change for Charlotte and Bob who are sort of set in their ways and feel there is only one way to rear children. Their way. The way they raised their own children. However both Charlotte and Bob learn that maybe the way they raise their grandchildren should be a bit different than the way they raised their own children.
You can feel the heartache and changes the children feel being plucked from the life they knew to this totally new and alien feeling life they are suddenly thrust into. I felt sad for these kids. I felt sad for Charlotte and Bob doing the best they knew how to help the children through their loss while also working through the loss of their daughter. How difficult that would be!
I felt that in Before the Dawn that the Bob’s character did not play as much of a leading role as Charlotte. While Bob was in the storyline I did feel that he was sort of on the back burner and he did not seem to interact with the children the way Charlotte did. I did not feel we got to see much of him and get to know his character as we did Charlotte. Charlotte, Pete and the children played more of a major role in the first book.
However in Sweet September, I felt that Bob’s character was much more prominent and part of the storyline. The children have adjusted more to farm life and have made some friends at the local school and feel a part of the farm and the family! There is even a mystery involved in this story!
Both of these books were light reads with a wonderful message about love, hard work and forgiveness and mending brokenness. That from a horrible loss love can bloom and life can go on and we can remember our loved ones while creating new memories. I truly enjoyed these books and I hope that there will be another in this series!
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Guideposts Books is thrilled to announce their brand new series, Home to Heather Creek, by Kathleen Bauer. The first two books, Before the Dawn and Sweet September, launch this month and Guideposts Books is celebrating with a Paperwhite Kindle Giveaway!
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disclosure: I received copies of these books from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.