Series: Home To Heather Creek, Book 2
Date Published: September 1, 2013
Publisher: Guideposts Books
Author: Kathleen Bauer / Tricia Goyer
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary
Book Source: I received this book for free from Guideposts Books for my honest opinion.
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.
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Kathleen Bauer is the pen name for a team of writers who have come together to create the Home to Heather Creek series.
Sweet September is written by Tricia Goyer. A best-selling author of thirty-three books as well as 500+ magazine articles, she is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Christy award and ECPA Award Finalist. Tricia is on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com and TheBetterMom.com. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently heads up a Teen Mops Group in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tricia is the creator of NotQuiteAmishLiving.com and hosts a weekly radio podcast Living Inspired.
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Bob hunkered down and scooped up a handful of soil, allowing it to filter through his fingers. He stared intently at the dirt as if reading a story in each speck.
“One day, my grandma, your great-great-grandma, heard a knock at the door,” he began. “It was a man whose car had broken down. The man had a woman and a baby with him—all were painfully thin. The man didn’t ask for much. In fact, he only asked for one thing.”
“What was that?” Christopher asked. “A job. A place to live?”
“No, son. He only asked if they could spare food for his sick baby.”
“Land’s sakes. I couldn’t imagine.” Charlotte clutched her arms to her. An aching filled her gut as she tried to imagine being in such a spot.
“My family—our family—took in this hungry couple. We fed them. Our family didn’t have much, but they had enough to share.”
“Did the baby get better?” Christopher cradled the carburetor as if clinging to the infant himself.
Bob sighed. “Unfortunately not. He never gained his strength back and died on the farm. Eventually Grandpa William and Great-Grandma Betty helped the couple get a new part for their car. They threw the old one on the farm’s dump and the sad family went on their way. They never heard from them again. But that sick baby, and that desperate family, so touched my great-grandparents, they vowed from that day on to make Heather Creek Farm a place of refuge for all that needed help.”
“Refuge?” Christopher scratched his head near the blonde cowlick that always stuck up no matter how many times he combed it.
“A place of safety. Where you go to be cared for and looked after,” Charlotte answered.
It’s finally harvest time on the farm. A time for hard work to reap the benefits of this year’s planting. Harvest time at Heather Creek Farm this year has it’s obstacles. Worn equipment and the challenges the children are facing after their mother’s death make things more difficult. Emily finds living on the farm a challenge. She misses her friends and wants to go back to California, Sam is failing in school and doesn’t seem to care, and Christopher is always keeping to himself. It seems the barn cats are his best friends. Charlotte isn’t sure how to get through to the three of them and feels her stress mounting daily. Add to that the fact that someone is stealing food from her garden and that means less food for the table. But God uses a total stranger to open their eyes and make them realize they are truly blessed.
I fall in love with this family a little more with each book. Their continuing story draws me in and I just want to keep reading. Charlotte is at her wits end and her stress level is high. She doesn’t want to make the same mistakes with her grandkids as she did with her own kids so she is always second guessing herself with each decision. But I loved the way God helped her release her stress by allowing her to help someone in dire need. One man changed the entire family’s outlook on their own lives and that in itself is a true miracle. Grace flowing like a river. Sam, Emily and Christopher, with God’s help, pick themselves up and begin their lives anew. You will adore the Stevenson family and want to read more. Their family is a family of strong faith and Charlotte and Bob are doing their best to pass this faith on to their grandkids. And, since I am a romance junkie, I am excited to say that I sense a little spark of romance in future books. If you love sweet, wholesome stories you’ll enjoy Sweet September.
**While I was given a free copy of this book for my honest opinion, I was in no way compensated for this review**
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