Grace Graham is used to running from her problems. She has left her family, relationships, and responsibilities behind just to avoid having to deal with things. But then her sister calls her, and gives Grace the ultimatum of her life: come back home or never come back at all. Grace takes an unpaid leave from work to come give her sister a hand with their father after his surgery, bringing her four-year-old son Dylan, with her.
Things seem to be going alright until Dylan comes down with something. Unable to find the organic food Dylan is used to, Grace simply thinks it is the foreign environment and believes he will be fine in no time. But when Dylan is diagnosed with measles, all eyes fall on her for choosing not to vaccinate her son. Has Grace threatened the lives of the young children in Shoal Creek with her decisions?
This book covers a couple of heavy topics; namely the issue of whether or not to vaccinate children against childhood diseases. Grace made the decision she thought was best at the time. But as with most important things, there was a catch. It made me think twice about my stance and personal opinion, especially with Cushman's poignant portrayal of both sides. A fresh perspective and wonderful novel from one of my favorite authors.
ANOTHER DAWN by Kathryn Cushman is an interesting inspirational
contemporary fiction set in present day Pacific Coast area.This is a story of dare consequences,autism,forgiveness,faith,second chances,healing,and speaks on the serious consequences of not vaccinating your children. This is the story of Grace,her family,her four year old son,Dylan,and how one decision effects the people around you.You can't help but find yourself caught in the family drama,the healing of this family,and of course you will love little Dylan.This story deals with serious issues,and family relationships.It also shows of both sides of the coin.It we all must take responsibility for our actions,the choices we make,and learn to forgive those around us. "Another Dawn" is a must read full of insight and it has opposing view points on childhood vaccinations and has faith unbound. This author has created another wonderful,heart wrenching story of love,family,faith,forgiveness and second chances. I would recommend this story to any and all contemporary fiction readers and any fan of medical information.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Bethany House,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction Reviews.
What Would You Give for a Second Chance to Make Things Right?
When life gets complicated, Grace Graham runs. She's left romantic relationships, friendships, and even her family after the death of her mother. But now her sister, Jana, is giving her one last chance: Come home and help care for their father--whom Grace still blames for her mother's death--or never show her face in Shoal Creek, Tennessee, again.Â
With her son, Dylan, in tow, Grace returns home from California. But is she returning for the right reasons? And when costly decisions from the past suddenly put her son's life and the lives of other children in town at risk, will she have the strength to stand strong and await Another Dawn?
Kathryn Cushman has written a wonderful story that explores how choices can affect more than the person who has made them.
After Grace was hired as office manager at the Blue Pacific Bed and Breakfast in Ventura, California. She became friends with the owners daughter, and her boss, Jasmine, and Collin, her son, who has been diagnosed with autism. Jasmine believes the autism is a result of the MMR vaccination. Grace who was expecting her son, Dylan, at the time, began to think about him and what would be the best choice for him. Her choice was not to vaccinate.
Now, Dylan is four, and Grace has been asked by her sister, Jana, to come home and help care for their father after his knee replacement surgery. Grace doesn't really want to go home because she still harbors resentment toward him, and holds him responsible for her mothers cancer and subsequent death. His crime? He was, and still is-- a smoker.
Grace made the decision to go home after she was told that the deal to sell the Bed and Breakfast wasn't going to happen. She didn't want to tell Jasmine, because she was depending on the sale to be able to move to Texas and enroll her son into a special program for autistic children.
The day after Grace and Dylan arrived back home in Tennessee, Dylan developed what seemed to be a cold, and because she thought it was a cold she and Dylan went to church with her father and her sister's family and helped out in the nursery. Dylan enjoyed helping his aunt take care of the babies and spending time with his cousin Hannah.
A few days later Dylan has the beginnings of a rash and a high fever_
Choices have consequences and now facing them both what will Grace do? Will she stay and face them or will she run when things get difficult?
I will not tell you anymore, because I don't want to spoil the ending. I will tell say that this book is one that will tug at your heartstrings, and you will want to have a box of tissues near as you read.
Read an excerpt here.
I will definitely read more of Kathryn Cushman's books.
Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman was provided to me for free by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
I had a hard time with this book. It felt very preachy.
Don't do this don't do that, as in don't feed your kids cookies, don't give them shots (which I am partly against by the way). The messages were a bit confusing by the end of the book. I couldn't figure out if the author was for or against the things I felt like she was pushing on us.
I hated the main character. She was very annoying to me. This book was thought provoking, but the main character, Grace, made me so irritated that I couldn't think straight. I even complained to my husband about her.
In the book Grace was mad at her dad and seemed to harbor bad feelings about her childhood. She thought her dad was too "tough". I actually felt sorry for the dad as I thought he had good points. I think Grace was bit of a wimpy mom who was going to raise her son to be wimpy and not what I would call a real man. And this has nothing to do with shots or eating habits.
Maybe I felt sorry for her dad so much because I felt she was way too hard on her dad or maybe it was my annoyance over the peachiness.
I just didn't like this book. The ending was good because it did make you think.
And I do agree with Grace not giving shots to her son because the permanent damage could be way worse then getting sick. And I am all about organic foods and things like that. But I felt it was being forced down my throat.
(Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with this book for my honest review)