My Thoughts: As many of you know, Tricia has become one of my favorite authors, and this is her first book set in a contemporary setting! This Sweet September is actually the second book in the Home to Heather Creek series started by Carolyn Aarsen. It is pretty easy to catch up on the story if you haven't had a chance to read the first book, Before the Dawn.
Life on a farm can be difficult, especially during the fall harvest. Emily, Sam, and Christopher have been recently orphaned and have moved in with their grandparents on a farm in Nebraska. This results in a series of major shocks for both the children and the adults. As teenagers, Emily and Sam have very difficult transitions to make, and the grandparents, Charlotte and Bob have to adjust to a houseful of noise and hormones.
In true Tricia Goyer style, history and the present meld together to form a heritage that lives on in word and deed. This is an honest look at the difficulties of relocation, grandparents who are called to be parents again, and the stress of change. I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it for teens and adults.
Since Sweet September is all about family, Tricia wants to meet yours. Leave a comment on the Tricia’s blog tour post (http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2008/09/sweet-september-blog-tour.html) 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.
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 .