Book Review: Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman

From the book:

What Would You Give for a Second Chance to Make Things Right?


When life gets complicated, Grace Graham runs. She’s left romantic relationships, friendships, and even her family after the death of her mother. But now her sister, Jana, is giving her once last chance: Come home and help care for their father–whom Grace still blames for her mother’s death–or never show her face in Shoal Creek, Tennessee, again.


With her son, Dylan, in tow, Grace returns home from California. But is she returning for the right reasons? And when costly decisions from the past suddenly put her son’s life and the lives of other children in town at risk, will she have the strength to stand strong and await Another Dawn?

I had a hard time with this book. It felt very preachy.

Don’t do this don’t do that, as in don’t feed your kids cookies, don’t give them shots (which I am partly against by the way). The messages were a bit confusing by the end of the book. I couldn’t figure out if the author was for or against the things I felt like she was pushing on us.

I hated the main character. She was very annoying to me. She acted like a spoiled brat even though its obvious that she was not raised as one.

This book was thought provoking, but the main character, Grace, made me so irritated that I couldn’t think straight. I even complained to my husband about her.

In the book Grace was mad at her dad and seemed to harbor bad feelings about her childhood. She thought her dad was too “tough”. I actually felt sorry for the dad as I thought he had good points. I think Grace was bit of a wimpy mom who was going to raise her son to be wimpy and not what I would call a real man. And this has nothing to do with shots or eating habits.

Maybe I felt sorry for her dad so much because I felt she was way too hard on her dad or maybe it was my annoyance over the peachiness.

I just didn’t like this book. The ending was good because it did make you think.

And I do agree with Grace not giving shots to her son because the permanent damage could be way worse then getting sick. And I am all about organic foods and things like that. But I felt it was being forced down my throat.

I really hope I get a chance to read another book by Kathryn because I am hoping this books was a “one time thing” of peachiness and that I will enjoy her other books. I have nothing against her writing style and I think she did a good job on character developments, and I think the plot would have been fine with out the preachiness. I just didn’t like the story at all.

To learn more about the book and read an excerpt go here:
http://www.bethanyhouse.com/Book.asp?isbn=978-0-7642-0825-6
To learn more about the author (who has great writing skills) go here:
http://www.kathryncushman.com/

(Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with this book for my honest review)

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