Monday, September 2, 2013

Sweet September-Kathleen Bauer

Sweet September

Kathleen Bauer

Guideposts, Sep 1 2013, $13.99

ISBN 9780824934255

With the harvest beginning on Heather Creek Farm, the grandparents and Uncle Bob are excited. However, the grandchildren are of a different mindset as they still struggle to adapt from leaving San Diego to living on a Cornhusker farm. The teens, Sam continues to do poorly at high school and Emily wants to go back to Southern California. Lonely ten year old Christopher makes no friends except for his cat.

Someone deliberately devastates Charlotte’s vegetable garden. Upset by the vandalism but also fearing one of her grandchildren committed the vicious act Charlotte needs to know who and why. At the same time Charlotte wonders how to avoid the mistakes she made with Denise especially if she learns one of them did the dastardly deed. Her three grandchildren assist her search for the truth.

The second Home to Heather Creek family drama (see Before The Dawn by Carolyn Aarsen as Kathleen Bauer) is a warm tale as the vegetable garden amateur sleuthing brings the Stevenson brood together at a time when their tenuous bonds are ripping asunder. Writing as Kathleen Bauer, Tricia Goyer provides a fine tale as hope battles despair as fans will appreciate the Brady Bunch cleverly serving as an analogy of families divided coming together.

Harriet Klausner

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