Synopsis: of Before Dawn
Before the Dawn 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.Gosh, I have to tell you if I was 64 years old and had to raise another three kids, I think I would lose my mind! Charlotte and Bob lose their daughter Denise in a car accident and inherit her three children and have to bring them home to live with them. And they are not making it easy!
Pete, who was Denise's brother, takes Sam under his wings and teaches him all sorts of stuff on the farm from driving the equipment to being himself.
Christopher's job is to take care of a cat and her kittens and they work their magic on him. And for Emily it's the horses, especially the one who was her mother's and gives birth to a calf that Emily names Lighty, short for lightning.
Now, on to book #2 called Sweet September:
Sweet September 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.All in all, it's a great human story about how families come together when a tragedy strikes. It is human nature to resist change but the love of grandparents and animals can heal just about anything if you give it enough time.
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.
You will love this heartwarming story of three children who find their way after tragedy to find a new life amid a place that they never thought that they would love.