When Dawn Breaks, A Novel - eBook
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Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Jennifer Slattery is an inspiring contemporary novelist whose stories of hope, love, and grace resonate with real people. Her debut novel, Beyond I Do, released in October 2014. She also writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' It to the Streets, a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless. When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage daughter and real-life hero husband, as well as serving in her church.
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SAken5 Stars Out Of 5Laughter and Tears! A great read!October 18, 2017SAkenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A well-written romance but the greater love story in the book might surprise you. If you want to be drawn into a moving story, find yourself rooting for characters you feel you know, enjoy a romance, and possibly be inspired to take action, then you need to read this book. The book is written with humor, realism and from a place of true emotion.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Storms Will ComeSeptember 3, 2016GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For a contemporary romance novel, the book goes beyond romance to deal with some very contemporary issues. Starting with a forced evacuation of the south Gulf Coast of Texas due to a hurricane, the story moves to a small city somewhere a few hours north. Jacqueline left Crystal Shores to escape the hurricane and chose Willow Valley because her estranged daughter lives there. Teresa, her three children, and the woman in the apartment next door end up in a church shelter in Willow Valley because they have nowhere else to go. Jonathan moved to Willow Valley from out west for a new job that is closer to his family as he prepares for retirement. Actually Teresas children are more integral to the story than she is since she abandoned them at the shelter to go find another man. Each of the main characters have their own share of issues to handle but the children are the most heartrending as they get shuffled into the system. Most of their story is shared from the perspective of Gavin, the fourteen-year-old son. Because of the mothers poor choices, Gavin has been forced to look out for his younger sisters most of his life. His primary concern is to keep them together. As the story began, I kept wondering what all the different characters had to do with each other. The author did a great job of intertwining the lives of such a varied group of people to develop a very compelling story with a serious message to us all. I highly recommend this book, more for the message than the romance, although that aspect has its interesting moments. I found it fascinating that the lead character with the least experience in the Christian faith lived out her faith better than many real-life Christians.
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5There is Always a Dawn - and a Silver LiningMarch 18, 2015debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleDebs Dozen: Three needy children, one widower, one woman with estranged daughter, plus God!
Jacqueline Dunn, flooded out of her home by a hurricane, moves to Willow Springs to be near her estranged daughter, Delana. Jacqueline had neglected Delana when she was growing up and now Delana barely wants anything to do with her mother.
Jonathan Cohen, widower, has moved to Willow Springs for a new railroad job and to be near his sister, Beanie, and her husband, Walter. But all is not well at his new job.
Gavin, Adele, and baby Jayaand a mother whod rather chase men than care for her childrenare in a local church shelter opened to help those flooded out by the hurricane.
Will Jacqueline stay and keep trying to win Delanas trust? Will Jonathan survive at his new job or be fired just short of retirement? What are the children to do when their mom takes off and theyre separated? Will they ever be together again?
Jennifer Slattery adeptly melds these stores together at the same time as she educateds us about the paucity of help for those in need after a disaster. She also shows us the disaster that is many a child services system. I didnt like reading the descriptions of foster homes and homes for boys. I didnt like reading about the plight of those whove lost everything. But she made me aware of the great needand I can pray for solutions and those people caught in such a situation.
I did, however, like the charactersand I prayed theyd all have happily ever afters. I was hooked by Slatterys character development and by my need to continue to read until she resolved their situations.
You will laugh, cry, and become involved with all of these peopleand you will see how their dependence on God helps them in their struggles. I cant call this a good read, because the conditions made me very uncomfortable, but "When Dawn Breaks" is a compelling oneand reminded me there is always a dawn! Four stars.
New Hope Publishers gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my candid review.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Heartfelt book about surviving after a natural disaster.February 3, 2015ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Jennifer Slattery is a new-to-me author. I enjoyed this story. It was unique to me, in that I've never read a book about what happens to the people after a natural disaster. It was heart-wrenching to read about Jacqueline and Gavin losing everything. The story was well-written and easy to follow, despite the fact that it was written from three points of view.
I felt like I only got to know the characters, with the exception of Gavin (maybe), on a surface level. I couldn't really connect with them. Jacqueline is a mother who, because of the hurricane, is forced to confront her past and face the daughter she abandoned. Her emotions were real enough, but didn't touch me for some reason. I should have been able to easily identify with Jonathan and his emotions, being in a very real, very similar situation, but I don't think the author dove deep enough for me to connect. Gavin, on the other hand, tore at my heart strings. I cannot imagine the horrors his young eyes saw, based on the information the author provides about his mother and up-bringing.
The message of the story was three-fold. For Jacqueline, learning to accept the grace that God gives freely after becoming a new Christian can be hard. For Jonathan, moving forward after a tragedy can be painful. But God doesn't want us to be alone, He wants us to be happy. For Gavin, accepting that YOU ARE worth something in God's eyes, when you've been told your entire life you're worthless is hard. The message was well-written and expertly weaved throughout the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this story despite the fact that I didn't connect with the characters and look forward to reading more by Jennifer Slattery.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via New Hope Publishing in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Very real storyworldJanuary 6, 2015MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Jennifer has written a book that will pull you into the story world and when you walk away you will have to remind yourself that these people arent real, the situation isnt real.
After sitting down and starting this book I realized how the rest of the world (the real world) seemed to fall away while I was reading. I was so wrapped up in these characters lives, they seemed so real.
Jacqueline is a flawed character. She has obviously made many mistakes in her life and Jennifer reveals them slowly, she keeps you hanging on and wanting to find out her full story. I love that Jacqueline sees how God has redeemed her and knows that is her identity now but still struggles to fully accept that truth, especially when her daughter keeps throwing out hurtful reminders.
Then we have Jonathan, a great hero dealing with his own issues. I love how Jacqueline and him connect, very unexpected.
Gavin is a young boy trying to make in a world that hasnt been very kind to him or his little sisters. My heart broke for him as he goes through the hardships he does.
But through it all there is hope and you know these characters will find a way. How they do it I wont say, youll just have to read this book to see for yourself.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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