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Before the dawn

New York : Guideposts, [2013]
Physical Description:
280 pages ; 21 cm.
Series title(s):
Charlotte's world is turned upside-down by the death of her daughter, Denise, whose three children are now coming to live on Heather Creek Farm with her.
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Call Number
Bauer, K.

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Charlotte Stevenson's world is turned upside-down by the death of her daughter, Denise, whose three children are now coming to Nebraska to live on Heather Creek Farm. Sam is fiercely protective of his younger siblings; Emily desperately misses her friends; and young Christopher, a sweet soul, just wants to fit in. While Charlotte helps the grandchildren she barely knows adjust to their new life, she also wrestles with her own grief. What if she makes the same mistakes she made with Denise? Is this her chance to make things right? The miracle of new life, along with God's healing touch, reminds all of them that it's always darkest just before the dawn.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Home to Heather Creek series, written by a team of authors under the name Kathleen Bauer, is inaugurated by author Carolyne Aarsen (The Bachelor Baker). In the initial offering, Charlotte Stevenson brings her grandchildren home to Heather Creek Farm in Nebraska after the death of their mother-Charlotte's daughter, Denise, who ran away years ago. Sam, 16, isn't obeying school rules; Emily, 14, is eager to stay connected to her California friends; and Christopher, a fourth grader, just wants to make new friends. Charlotte is eager to set up a schedule, with her husband Bob just as eager for discipline and structure, but might these grieving children need more than rules? As the family begins to build a life together, each of them must adjust to a "new normal." For Charlotte, that means dealing with her insecurities as a parent; for the kids it means adjusting to life at Heather Creek, which is so different from their previous home in the city. But a crisis helps Charlotte and the children learn about themselves. A lovely beginning to the series. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Within a week of her daughter's death in California, Charlotte Stevenson returns home to Heather Creek, NE; moving in with her are her three (barely known to her) grandchildren, teenagers Sam and Emily, and eight-year-old Christopher. The move to a remote farm is a shock for children used to close neighbors, a big city, and cell phone coverage. Charlotte despairs of ever making the children feel at home as she is torn among her own grief, her husband Bob's insistence upon a strict routine for the children to follow, and helping them settle in. But with the help of friends and her faith, they might learn to love one another and find common ground. VERDICT Guideposts is reprinting this 24-volume multi-author series (which ended in 2010) written under the pseudonym Kathleen Bauer (Carolyne Aarsen penned the series launch, and Tricia Goyer wrote the second volume). No major revisions were announced, so libraries owning the original printings won't need to replace unless they are missing a volume. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.