Sweet September, Home to Heather Creek Series #2
the gentle farm family story continues
In this sequel to Before the Dawn, the summer is over, school is back in session and the harvest has begun on the farm.
Charlotte and Bob's grandchildren are still having difficulties after being moved from San Diego to the Nebraska farm. The kids miss their mom and Charlotte grieves the loss of their daughter.
But life on the farm goes on. Charlotte is often overwhelmed by her responsibilities and relies on the Lord and her close friends for support. Bob, in his mid sixties, is miffed when their son hires a combining crew to do the soybean harvest. Sam is having a great deal of trouble with his high school classes. Emily still doesn't like being on the farm, especially when it means gathering eggs from the stinky chicken coup. And Christopher is so quiet Ã¢ÂÂ¦ but he has found a treasure.
A little mystery is added to the ongoing story as Charlotte's vegetable garden is found damaged one morning. Produce has been stolen. A few days later Emily finds that all of the eggs have been stolen. The family gets into some hilarious scenes as they try to find out who or what is stealing their food.
This is a gentle novel. There is no exciting action or complex plot lines. There is just a set of godly grandparents trying their best to raise their orphaned grandchildren. Each of the members in the family faces difficulties and it is fun to watch how they ultimately support one another.
I always like to learn about something when I read a novel and this one contains some interesting history about farming in Nebraska.
This is a fine continuation of a touching story about a family trying to survive and thrive when life has not been what they had planned.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
October 8, 2013
As tenuous family bonds threaten to break apart, a mystery on the farm might be the one thing that can restore the Stevensons' hope for the harvest.
Harvest at Heather Creek Farm is an exciting time, but 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. Charlotte is determined not to make the same mistakes she did with her own kids, but how can she get her grandchildren back on track?
Meanwhile, the vegetable garden is uprooted one night. Who could have done such a thing? Charlotte sets out to uncover the truth, and as the kids pull together to find answers, this cobbled-together family learns more about one another and the love that binds them together.
About the Home to Heather Creek series: Sweet September is the second book in the Home to Heather Creek series. Charlotte Stevenson is raising her grandchildren on the family farm after a tragic accident changes all of their lives forever. With the help of her husband Bob and a close-knit circle of friends, she will do whatever it takes to keep this fragile family together. See how God, who makes the sun rise and the crops grow, watches over our lives too.
It is harvest time at Heather Creek, and the delicate relationship between the Stevenson's and the grandchildren are either going to get stronger or be broken. In the midst of all this, the garden is uprooted and it is looking more and more like it was done by human hands. The family deals with all that is happening all in their own way, and they learn what it means to be a family - even though it may not be the conventional, traditional idea of family we are all used to.
The story is seamless despite the different authors writing under a singular pen name, and I would recommend these stories to anyone of any age. They are wholesome, enriching, and edifying in the best sense of the words. This is a tender story that will stay with you forever.
This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
October 5, 2013
Having A Second Chance
I loved the second book in this series. Charlotte and Ben Stevenson are adjusting to having their Golden Years now filled with children again. Big change in all of their lives.
School has now begun again and the children, Sam, Emily and Christopher are beginning to fit it, although with some problems. They miss their Mom, and don't want to forget her. Love the faith based life God has placed them in. When they think things are going bad, or they are in trouble, I see Grace being show to these sweet kids.
In this book someone or something is stealing from the family, when they need all the food, they have with the extra mouths. You will be surprised at what is taking eggs and veggie! Also how more Grace is shown.
Enjoy this second book in this series, I really would love some more of this story.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
October 2, 2013
Family Pulling Together With God's Grace and Love
Kathleen Bauer in her new book "Sweet September" Book Two in the Home To Heather Creek series published by Guideposts takes us into the life of Charlotte Stevenson.
From the back cover: As tenuous family bonds threaten to break apart, a mystery on the farm might be the one thing that can restore the Stevensons' hope for the harvest.
Harvest at Heather Creek Farm is an exciting time, the earth bursts with life, providing sustenance for the coming winter. However, the Slater 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. Charlotte is determined not to make the same mistakes she did with her own kids, but how can she get her grandchildren back on track?
Then the vegetable garden by the house is uprooted one night. Who could have done such a thing? Charlotte is determined to uncover the truth, and as they all pull together to find answers, they learn more about one another and the love that binds them. As this cobbled-together family adjusts to their new life, they find hope for the future in the lessons of their past.
Come Home to Heather Creek: Get to know Charlotte Stevenson, who is raising her grandchildren on the family farm after a tragic accident changes all of their lives forever. With the help of her husband Bob and a close-knit circle of friends, she will do whatever it takes to keep this fragile family together. See how God, who makes the sun rise and the crops grow, watches over our lives too.
There is no yellow "Families For Dummies" book available out there. Each family has to learn how to deal with each member of that family day by day, sometimes minute by minute. This is what happens to Charlotte, her husband Bob, their son Pete who suddenly found themselves grandparents and an uncle to three children. The children, Emily, Christopher and Sam, are trying to deal with life on a farm, grandparents and an uncle. For all of them there is quite a lot to adjust to. "Sweet September" is a lot of fun and filled with great characters that you want to hang out with. Tricia Goyer, writing under the pen name of Kathleen Bauer, has given us a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. I am looking forward to more in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
September 26, 2013