Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sweet September

Title:  Sweet September (Home to Heather Creek Series #2)
Author:  Kathleen Bauer
Pages:  356
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Guideposts Books
Here is the sequel to Before the Dawn where readers were first introduced to a unique family and changes happening all the time on the farm.  As the characters from book one continue on here, readers will begin to appreciate even more the reality of life as portrayed in the work of fiction.  In a time when being grandparents and enjoying their retiring years is looked forward to instead turns into becoming guardians of their daughter’s three growing children.  The story of Before the Dawn where we see the changes from city life to small town life can be very hard.  Add to that moving in with grandparents they hardly knew, beginning at new schools, making new friends all combines in learning to depend on the Lord to make them into a close family in more than name only.
In Sweet September, the grandfather, Bob, is struggling with all the changes coming into the farming profession plus learning what he can’t do.  Christopher, being the youngest, seems most capable of drawing out of his grandpa the history of the area, farm and family when he happens to dig up a piece of something hidden under the dirt for a long time.  Sam, the oldest of the three kids, must decide whether to take school seriously and thrive or face the consequences that failing a class will bring.
Since I don’t want to ruin the story by revealing too much of it, let me say that here is another example of great faith-filled fiction.  The reason is because faith is not represented as an instant fix to problems, but points the characters to the God who can do above anything we ask or think.  As time goes on in the story, we see how prayers for the uniting of hearts come about as each person learns who they are and Who God is. 
Whether sitting together at meal times, having reading times or talking with friends over coffee, the love of others permeates the pages.  There is also portrayed a character who is challenging to understand as she seems to put on airs around others.  Another part of the novel shows how time is an aspect that changes the family from being strangers, then to struggling with grief to the change to loving their family history and how the farm came with a responsibility.
Family history, state history or other types of history have a way of pulling people out from being focused on themselves to being servants of whomever God brings across our path.  The grandmother in the story learned too that God has to do the work with hardest part being to not get in His way.  I hope you consider reading the series and sharing the novels with others for them to appreciate as well.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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