Sweet September by Kathleen Bauer

This review gives more insight than just "it was/wasn't a good book" or "this is/isn't a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing.   

Life could definitely be a little sweeter for Charlotte Stevenson. She is trying to not let her feelings of her failings as a parent to her own children get in the way of raising her grandchildren Sam, Emily, and Christopher – they came to live with her and her husband Bob after their mother was killed in a car accident. But she’s not sure how to do it. Sam has a bad attitude towards school. Emily at least has made a friend but hasn’t fully settled into life on the farm and living in Nebraska. Christopher seems to be hiding something but Charlotte’s not sure what it is. As harvest gets closer she’s hoping the seeds of love she and her husband Bob have planted in their grandchildren’s hearts will be as fruitful as their crops.

Charlotte is continually plagued by the fact that she felt she was a failure as a parent. Because of this she is not sure how to handle her grandchildren and their issues. Charlotte does turn to God for help with the kids but she seems to forget she can also turn to others . Many friends reach out to her. And what a great group of people that she has to offer her help. I felt like I know them myself, they have such interesting and caring personalities.

This is a slow moving story that is geared towards an older audience. I enjoyed the descriptions of the farm and the life that the family lived because of being on a farm. There is also not doubt that this is Christian fiction. Charlotte prays several times and uses scripture throughout the story.

The characters in this story are like people you would know. They are everyday Joes trying to find their place in this world. None of them are without flaw. For example, Bob is getting older and refuses to give in to his age and failing health. He doesn’t trust his son Pete’s judgment on how to run the farm.

The main story is of this family being brought together by a tragedy and learning to become their own new family. One minute it seems that they are getting closer and then something happens and they are falling apart again. The secondary story of the vegetable garden seems to be what finally brings them together. When they discovered the truth behind the missing produce, they didn’t know it would change them in a way they never expected. It was touching the way Charlotte and Bob handled the situation. Sam, Emily, and Christopher even got to learn about their family’s history because of it. The children and others saw the love and hand of God in their lives through all that happened.

Home to Heather Creek Series:
Before The Dawn - read my review here
Sweet September
 I received a free copy of this book from Guideposts and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review.

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