begins just one week after the funeral of Charlotte's daughter, Denise. Denise's three children barely have time to process the death of their mother before they must move to the Heather Creek Farm they have never visited with grandparents they barely know. At age 16, Sam is fiercely protective of his younger siblings. Emily is 14 and desperately misses her friends. Young Christopher is only 8 and just wants to fit in. While Charlotte tries to help her grandchildren adjust to their new life, she also wrestles with her own grief and the enormous task of bringing her family together. Bob believes the fastest path to adjustment is a firm routine, with structure and chores, the same way they raised their own kids. However, that route led to Denise running away from home as a teenager and an estranged relationship with her family. Charlotte is worried about making the same mistakes she made with Denise. Is this her chance to make things right?
It is spring when the children arrive, and as Charlotte looks around the farm, she hopes the new life around them will signify hope and healing. The miracle of new life, along with God's healing touch, reminds all of them that it's always darkest just before the dawn.
picks up at harvest time, as the children are settling into a new school year. While the harvest should be an exciting time, 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. Trying to learn from what did and didn't work with her own kids, Charlotte is determined to get her grandchildren back on track.
As tenuous family bonds threaten to break apart, a mystery on the farm might be the one thing that can bond the family together. Charlotte sets out to uncover the truth, and as the kids unite to find answers, this cobbled-together family learns more about one another and the love that binds them together.
The lives of the Stevensons and their grandchildren unfold in this captivating story of the remarkable change that comes from the love of family, the kindness of others, sheer persistence and unshakable faith. As readers follow the Stevensons' inspiring stories, it's almost impossible not feel a part of this friendly, loving community, where God's grace can be seen in every circumstance.
About the Author: Kathleen Bauer is the pen name for a team of writers who have come together to create the Home to Heather Creek series.
The Home to Heather Creek series tells the story of family angst and dysfunction. An estranged daughter dies and leaves her three children to be raised by their grandparents. These children, who have just lost their mother, have to adjust from living in a busy city to living on a farm in Nebraska where cell phone signal and internet connection is come and go. The writers of this series capture the emotion of both the grandparents and the children so well. The reader also gets to hear and "see" the story from the perspectives of all the characters which adds a particular depth to an already emotionally driven story.
I found myself aching for Charlotte, the grandmother. This woman exhibits a strength like no other and the writers capture her so well. The characterization is this series is excellent and right on point with what could very well be a true story. The transition this family experiences truly is one of beauty from ashes. You will be inspired by taking the time to read!
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