Another great work of art from Lauraine Snelling! Tragedy after tragedy keeps striking this small town but some how people keep pulling through. Leaning on God's strength they find a way out of the storm. We may not understand why God lets bad things happen to good people but we must learn to cope and move on. The characters in the story are faced with storm upon storm and fight through to make it out but each has an internal struggle they are facing and must work to overcome. We may not know the struggles people are facing but should always be there to support them.
When a hurricane unleashes its deadly force upon the small town of Pineville, Minnesota, the small medical clinic run by Physician's Assistant Esther Hansen. Without adequate medical supplies or personnel necessary to handle the number of patients arriving as the rains and winds grow in intensity and in the back of her mind she can only hope she can keep it together long enough to treat those that need medical care. Thankfully she isn't going to be battling this alone. When U.S. Border Patrol officer Ben James brings an abandoned infant into the clinic for help, his own medical training will be called upon to help the growing number of patients that are growing by the hour.
Knowing how quickly things can get out of hand, Ben utilizes those in the clinic to help one another out until they can all be seen. He has one disable woman in a wheelchair with a broken leg, Hannah, help care for the infant who needs to be held and cared for. He utilizes a teenage boy, Gary, to clean up the three rooms so more patients can be attended to. It truly seems like everything is running smoothly despite the numbers of people that Esther can treat along with the growing number of wounded and dying that the local ambulance has to bring to her since the bridge is out. Now if she only keep calm despite the growing tremors of PTSD that seem to be lurking just on the edge of her sanity.
Ben understands how difficult dealing with PTSD can be as he himself has been going through it as well. When he lost his wife and unborn child due to an accident late one night, the only way he's been able to sleep is finishing off a bottle of his favorite drink. The one thing he has going for him is that he has never drank on the job but unless he gets a handle on the after hours binging, he might not have a job to go back to. Lucky for him, his patrol dog, Bo, gets him up in time for work. Now if he can only find something to live for once again, he might be able to make a new start for himself.
I received Wake The Dawn by Lauraine Snelling compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. Lately I've been blessed to have read so many of Lauraine's novels and she never fails to hook me right in the heart so I can't give up on her characters. You feel the struggle that Esther is facing trying to hide her PTSD while trying to care for the small town clinic as best as she can. Even her counseling sessions haven't been helping much and dealing with her perfectionist mother who can never see that she does anything right is enough to keep her from wanting to spend time with her family. Dealing with their issues in spite of the hurricane that is wrecking havoc on Pineville, shows the love of a small town that can come together to help one another out when the chips are really down. This comes across in every way through the supporting characters that Esther manages to help even though she can't save them all. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I have read many of Lauraine Snellings book. However this one had a good story line but about 20 pages into the book, there is some profanity in it. As a christian writer I feel she should be above reproach in her writing. It should help someone come to Christ, not be the same after reading it. Think on things that are pure, lovely, and most of all things from above.
I have read many of Lauraine Snelling's books and they were all mostly good, but Wake the Dawn was terrible! I had barely gotten to page 20 before they used bad language! This is supposed to be a Christian book! I would not recommend this book to anyone.
I think I have read all of her books and enjoyed all. but, I find this one offensive because of the curse words used. I know people curse but saying he/she cursed is sufficient rather than "take me to where you keep your drugs, b****! (on page 130)there are other places too. I'm not sure I will finish it!