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Wake the Dawn
     

Wake the Dawn

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by Lauraine Snelling
 

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National bestselling author Lauraine Snelling brings a small mountain town to thrilling life when a natural disaster threatens to destroy lives.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Ben James' life is in tatters. A tragic accident stole the love of his life and he never finished grieving. Turning to the bottle for support, he lost sight of what was important. While making

Overview

National bestselling author Lauraine Snelling brings a small mountain town to thrilling life when a natural disaster threatens to destroy lives.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Ben James' life is in tatters. A tragic accident stole the love of his life and he never finished grieving. Turning to the bottle for support, he lost sight of what was important. While making his last patrol run before a storm rolls in, Ben's canine partner Bo finds an abandoned baby hidden in the woods. As Ben rushes the child to the only clinic in the area, the storm strikes with unexpected fury.
Esther Hanson runs a second-rate clinic in the small community of Pineville, Minnesota, on the Canadian border. Though she has fought for years to get the equipment she needs, the town refuses to approve the funding. When the unprecedented storm ravishes the area, cutting them off from all outside help, Esther struggles to help her patients without giving in to overwhelming emotions. The event triggers a long-suppressed memory, and Esther must come face to face with the reality of her past and learn to forgive herself.
Brought together by the life of a child, Ben and Esther become each other's reason to change.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Snelling (One Perfect Day) continues to draw fans with her stellar storytelling skills. This time she offers a look at smalltown medical care in a tale that blends healing, love, and a town’s recovery. Physician assistant Esther Hanson is the closest thing to a doctor in tiny Pineville, Minn., along the U.S.-Canada border. She’s keeping her demons under control, but Ben James, town hero and border-control agent, recognizes the signs of PTSD. He’s got his own sizable demons to keep at bay—his wife’s death, his drinking—but when an infant is discovered near the border and a hurricane-force storm slashes through Pineville, the pair must work together to save lives. They slowly bond as both come to grips with their pasts to perhaps move together into the present. Snelling’s description of events at the small clinic during the storm is not to be missed. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency. (Aug. 20)
RT Book Reviews
"Snelling's fast-paced novel has characters who seek help in the wrong places. It takes a raging storm for them to see that the help they needed was right in front of them the whole time. This is a strong, believable story."
National Church Library Association
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."
Cristel Phelps
"Lauraine Snelling's newest novel will keep you turning pages and not wanting to put the book down.. . .Wake The Dawn is a guaranteed good read for any fiction lover."
From the Publisher
"Snelling (One Perfect Day) continues to draw fans with her stellar storytelling skills. This time she offers a look at smalltown medical care in a tale that blends healing, love, and a town's recovery. . .Snelling's description of events at the small clinic during the storm is not to be missed."
Publisher's Weekly"

Snelling's fast-paced novel has characters who seek help in the wrong places. It takes a raging storm for them to see that the help they needed was right in front of them the whole time. This is a strong, believable story."—RT Book Reviews, ****"

Lauraine Snelling's newest novel will keep you turning pages and not wanting to put the book down.. . .Wake The Dawn is a guaranteed good read for any fiction lover."—Cristel Phelps, reviewer, Retailers and Resources Magazine

"

Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."—National Church Library Association

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611737950
Publisher:
Center Point
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists, and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.

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Wake the Dawn: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TrishCain More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, The characters were believable and easily got to me. It is very well written in that it has an easy flow.
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Very predictable..icky sweet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This stand alone book has 270 pages. The editing was well done. It cost $2.99 plus tax. This book was not what I expected. I thought it would be like the movie, TWISTER. It was not near as thrilling or tense. In fact I found it rather sappy and cheesy. The two main characters had experienced a lot if trauma in their lives. One turne to alcohal, the other internalized and developed ptsd. This book was mostly about the ptsd physcian's aide. It got pretty boring after awhile and the ending was not all that good. It was if the author just threw out ideas to finish the book, not really caring how dumb they were. There was some religion at the end. The Chief's daughter and grandson were written into the story about half way through, then just as quickly disappeared, without a by your leave. I wondered what happened to them? We will never know. There is a substance abuser, no sex, some violence, no romance and a lot of death. I can usually finish a book of this size in about six hours. This one took me four days. I simply could not get into it. It is very unrealistic. For ages 16 and up. It is a very clean book. I am giving one star for good editing, one star because it a conclusion and one star for no profanity, homosexuality and lurid sex. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clean crisp plot without anyone in AA note that recently there was a course of how to in third word countries using what you had or jerry rigging or doing it retro
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling in her new book, “Wake The Dawn” published by FaithWords brings us into the lives of Ben James and Esther Hanson. From the back cover:   In the remote town of Pineville, Minnesota, folks associate U.S. Border Patrol agent Ben James with his days of high school football glory–not with the shell-of-himself the young widower has become.  Since an accident claimed the life of his wife two years earlier, Ben has been seeking comfort in the bottle but never on duty.  When Ben’s canine partner Bo finds an infant lying under a bush near the Canadian border just as a hurricane force storm hits, Ben must rush the child safely to town. The only medical facility in Pineville is a small outpatient clinic run by Physician’s Assistant Esther Hanson.  As the storm rages, Esther struggles to hide symptoms of her secret emotional battle from the caring members of the community–including Ben, and the town’s volunteer EMT’s who work to assist her until the last critical patient is airlifted to the regional hospital.  As the weather finally clears and the town begins to deal with the horrendous devastation, Esther and Ben must find the courage to wake the dawn and live in the light of day. A hurricane force storm, an abandoned baby, an overextended outpatient clinic and two individuals with issues that are overwhelming them!  This is the recipe that Lauraine Snelling has created for us in “Wake The Dawn”.  The late Producer/Director Irwin Allen used to give us movies with plots like this and if he was around today I am sure he would be turning this book into one of his films.  Ben James is still devastated by the death of his wife and is slowly sinking into the bottle.  Esther Hansen isn’t even a doctor but the demands placed on her are the equivalent and are costing her a great deal emotionally.  These two must work out their past issues in order to deal with the present and embrace the future.  Danger, action and adventure are all rolled up in a very exciting read.  On top of all of this there is the romance.  These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you care deeply for them.  This book does not disappoint at all.  I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
When a hurricane unleashes its deadly force upon the small town of Pineville, Minnesota, the small medical clinic run by Physician's Assistant Esther Hansen. Without adequate medical supplies or personnel necessary to handle the number of patients arriving as the rains and winds grow in intensity and in the back of her mind she can only hope she can keep it together long enough to treat those that need medical care. Thankfully she isn't going to be battling this alone. When U.S. Border Patrol officer Ben James brings an abandoned infant into the clinic for help, his own medical training will be called upon to help the growing number of patients that are growing by the hour. Knowing how quickly things can get out of hand, Ben utilizes those in the clinic to help one another out until they can all be seen. He has one disable woman in a wheelchair with a broken leg, Hannah, help care for the infant who needs to be held and cared for. He utilizes a teenage boy, Gary, to clean up the three rooms so more patients can be attended to. It truly seems like everything is running smoothly despite the numbers of people that Esther can treat along with the growing number of wounded and dying that the local ambulance has to bring to her since the bridge is out. Now if she only keep calm despite the growing tremors of PTSD that seem to be lurking just on the edge of her sanity. Ben understands how difficult dealing with PTSD can be as he himself has been going through it as well. When he lost his wife and unborn child due to an accident late one night, the only way he's been able to sleep is finishing off a bottle of his favorite drink. The one thing he has going for him is that he has never drank on the job but unless he gets a handle on the after hours binging, he might not have a job to go back to. Lucky for him, his patrol dog, Bo, gets him up in time for work. Now if he can only find something to live for once again, he might be able to make a new start for himself. I received Wake The Dawn by Lauraine Snelling compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. Lately I've been blessed to have read so many of Lauraine's novels and she never fails to hook me right in the heart so I can't give up on her characters. You feel the struggle that Esther is facing trying to hide her PTSD while trying to care for the small town clinic as best as she can. Even her counseling sessions haven't been helping much and dealing with her perfectionist mother who can never see that she does anything right is enough to keep her from wanting to spend time with her family. Dealing with their issues in spite of the hurricane that is wrecking havoc on Pineville, shows the love of a small town that can come together to help one another out when the chips are really down. This comes across in every way through the supporting characters that Esther manages to help even though she can't save them all. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.