Before the Dawn

Kathleen Bauer. Guideposts (Ideals, dist.), $13.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-8249-3424-8
The Home to Heather Creek series, written by a team of authors under the name Kathleen Bauer, is inaugurated by author Carolyne Aarsen (The Bachelor Baker). In the initial offering, Charlotte Stevenson brings her grandchildren home to Heather Creek Farm in Nebraska after the death of their mother—Charlotte’s daughter, Denise, who ran away years ago. Sam, 16, isn’t obeying school rules; Emily, 14, is eager to stay connected to her California friends; and Christopher, a fourth grader, just wants to make new friends. Charlotte is eager to set up a schedule, with her husband Bob just as eager for discipline and structure, but might these grieving children need more than rules? As the family begins to build a life together, each of them must adjust to a “new normal.” For Charlotte, that means dealing with her insecurities as a parent; for the kids it means adjusting to life at Heather Creek, which is so different from their previous home in the city. But a crisis helps Charlotte and the children learn about themselves. A lovely beginning to the series. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/2013
Release date: 09/01/2013
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