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.
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.
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
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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.
My Take: What a great Series. This series just hits you in the heart. How do you uproot children from all that they know and help them with their grieving and help them to make a new start and learn God's miracles everyday and learn that he loves them and that so do you? Great Story Telling. Great Books.
I received review copies of this series in exchange for my honest opinion from Litfuse.