Monday, September 15, 2008

Sweet September was a fantastic read filled with lovable characters, a fascinating storyline, and a setting that is so well-written it becomes as much of the storyline as the plot itself. As I read this book, I found myself caring very deeply about what would happen in the life of this "cobbled-together family."

Mrs. Goyer very accurately touches on all of the nuances faced by each member in the family. I felt especially drawn toward the children. There was one scene in particular that really struck a chord with me and made the pain these children are dealing with very palpable. When Emily gets upset over her grandfather's offhanded comment about the price of a coffee drink, I felt the pain experienced by everyone involved. This story is so touching and I definitely recommend it.

Sweet September is the second book in the "Home To Heather Creek" series from Guideposts. The series chronicles the life of this family as they learn to trust one another, love each other, and life in one household. The interesting thing with this series is that each book is written by a different author. I find this concept very intriguing and I can't wait to read the future books.

About the book:

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.

About Tricia:

Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana .

Visit Tricia's website and her blog.

Blog Tour Contest: Since Sweet September is all about family, Tricia wants to meet yours. Leave a comment on the Tricia’s blog tour post sharing who your favorite family member is and why and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win William-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Harvest Loaf Pan & Quick Bread Set.

I think that may be the cutest loaf pan I have ever seen!

You can find the next stops on the blog tour for Sweet September here.


Michele 11:23 PM  

That loaf pan is really adorable! :) I'll have to look for this book!

Michele :)

Mary Helen 1:49 PM  

I love things from William-Sonoma...just can't afford them! The book sounds very interesting.

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