When I was growing up, I enjoyed spending time on my grandparents' farm. From under the warm covers on the sleeper sofa, I'd watch as Granddaddy ate his breakfast and headed out the door before sunrise. I'd anxiously wait for him to come home at lunch, hoping I'd get the chance to tag along for a while when he went back out in the afternoon.
The notion of living on a farm has always appealed to me (anyone reading this who knows me in real life is probably shaking their head in disbelief right about now). Perhaps it's because of my Granddaddy, I don't know. Whatever the reason, I jumped at the chance to read the Home to Heather Creek Series by Guideposts.
Sweet September - Home to Heather Creek is the second book in the series. Unfortunately, illness has kept me from reading the first book, Before the Dawn by Caroline Aarson, or even finishing Sweet September yet. But I've fallen in love with Heather Creek Farm, Charlotte & Bob Stevenson, and their family.
When I finish both books, I'll give a thorough review at 5 Minutes for Books. For now, I'll give you a taste of the book & a fun contest.
Harvest time at Heather Creek Farm is an exciting time, but the kids don't seem to be getting into the spirit. One day while he's wandering through the fields, Christopher stumbles across an old piece of metal buried in the ground. He doesn't know what it is, but he hides it in the shed.
That night, the garden by the house is uprooted. Who could have done such a thing? Charlotte is determined to find out, but is distracted when she gets news that Sam is failing school. The sullen teen is indifferent and won't study. He starts spending a lot of time with Pete. Though she loves her son dearly, Pete never finished high school, and Charlotte is afraid he'll encourage Sam to do the same. How can she help him get back on track?
A gripping story that examines the Stevenson family's history as well as its shaky future, Sweet September will bring you deeper into the loving community of Bedford and the deep ties of love that bind this broken family together. As they forge new connections, you'll be entertained, inspired, and reminded that God's grace can make all things new.
CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Leave a comment on Tricia's blog tour post sharing who your favorite family member is (think beyond hubby and kids) and why. You could win a William-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Harvest Loaf Pan & Quick Bread Set.