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.
Purchase a copy the books here.
This book is a refreshing change, as it takes place on a family farm.....that may sound a bit cozy, but not when you ad 3 living with their grandparents, all with varying degrees of attitude. Thank goodness for grandparents!
As you read this book you'll find a bit of a grumpy grandpa who just can't let go, I grew up on a farm, farm guys are tough, and this grandpa is no different, as far as that goes, stubborn just may be a better word.
There is of course, abounding love, grandparent love, teen love, and good old fashioned romance, you wouldn't think so much could happen on a small quiet family farm, but this is one farm that has a lot going on. From healing hearts to shennanigans, you'll find yourself enjoying this book!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity