When Dawn Breaks: A Contemporary Novel

When Dawn Breaks: A Contemporary Novel

by Jennifer Slattery


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As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution forces her to head north. North to where her estranged and embittered daughter lives. She needs reconciliation, but can she find it in time? Will her handsome new friend be someone she can lean on during the difficult days ahead or must she relinquish her chance at love again to find peace?
When Dawn Breaks is a contemporary romance novel filled with humor, romance, and intrigue, along with characters overcoming life’s obstacles and embracing hope. When Dawn Breaks provides readers a look at how middle-aged men and women dealing with real-life issues find hope and peace in God’s will for their lives. The characters will inspire readers to look for ways God can turn their greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Be inspired to see how God longs to love and heal His children through other Christians. Written by a Hurricane Katrina survivor, this novel is an excellent choice for book clubs as well as women’s Bible study discussion groups to encourage evaluation of one’s gifts and desires in light of God’s calling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596694231
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Slattery is an inspiring contemporary novelist whose stories of hope, love, and grace resonate with real people. She is the author of compelling contemporary romance novels such as Beyond I Do, When Dawn Breaks, Intertwined, and Breaking Free. She also writes for Crosswalk.com and devotions for Internet Cafe Devotions and her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage daughter and real-life hero husband, as well as serving in her church.

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When Dawn Breaks: A Contemporary Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
For a contemporary romance novel, the book goes beyond romance to deal with some very contemporary issues. Starting with a forced evacuation of the south Gulf Coast of Texas due to a hurricane, the story moves to a small city somewhere a few hours north. Jacqueline left Crystal Shores to escape the hurricane and chose Willow Valley because her estranged daughter lives there. Teresa, her three children, and the woman in the apartment next door end up in a church shelter in Willow Valley because they have nowhere else to go. Jonathan moved to Willow Valley from out west for a new job that is closer to his family as he prepares for retirement. Actually Teresa’s children are more integral to the story than she is since she abandoned them at the shelter to go find another man. Each of the main characters have their own share of issues to handle but the children are the most heartrending as they get shuffled into the system. Most of their story is shared from the perspective of Gavin, the fourteen-year-old son. Because of the mother’s poor choices, Gavin has been forced to look out for his younger sisters most of his life. His primary concern is to keep them together. As the story began, I kept wondering what all the different characters had to do with each other. The author did a great job of intertwining the lives of such a varied group of people to develop a very compelling story with a serious message to us all. I highly recommend this book, more for the message than the romance, although that aspect has its interesting moments. I found it fascinating that the lead character with the least experience in the Christian faith lived out her faith better than many real-life Christians.
mrb2 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Slattery opens When Dawn Breaks with three sagas only to weave them together into one triumphant romance. Even as the hurricane rips at their homes, Jacqueline and Jonathan discover turmoil has followed them to Willow Valley. A cluster of abandoned children worm their way into Jacqueline’s heart and land squarely between the two’s growing love. In the meantime, the search goes on…for security, reconciliation, and family. I like Jennifer’s writing style. It’s fluid and easy to read. Her book exposes the inadequacies of our society to deal with long term emergency situations as well as the pathetic state this nation has created with its “child protection” programs. Whether it was the split storylines or slow start, the plot didn’t capture my interest until the last half of the book when the main characters (Jonathan, Jacqueline, and children) came together. Once that happened, Jennifer’s writing took hold, and I was hooked. I give this book four stars for the themes and writing. The slow and distracting beginning keeps it from earning a five, it’s still an awesome story! ****New Hope Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery grabbed me from the first page and held me captive until the last page was over. I’m still thinking about the characters and how they are living today…months afterwards, as though they are real people. Jennifer writes with such realistic expressions, feelings, and emotions. I felt like I was walking the path alongside Jacqueline. I could feel the heat of the summer, the terror of not being able to control the situation she found herself in, the tug of war within her heart of which decision was the right one to choose, the false guilt that continued to try to overcome her rationale, and the peace that finally comes when full surrender occurs. This was a wonderful book. I fell in love with all the characters - Jacqueline, her daughter, Jonathan, his daughter, the three children as well as their lost mother. Jennifer writes with an experience that allows us to feel compassion while feeling anger, hope in the midst of what feels like a hopeless situation, and love for those who need it desperately. This was a book that thoroughly captured my attention and I cannot wait to read more from this author. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this great book.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Three needy children, one widower, one woman with estranged daughter, plus God! Jacqueline Dunn, flooded out of her home by a hurricane, moves to Willow Springs to be near her estranged daughter, Delana. Jacqueline had neglected Delana when she was growing up and now Delana barely wants anything to do with her mother. Jonathan Cohen, widower, has moved to Willow Springs for a new railroad job and to be near his sister, Beanie, and her husband, Walter. .But all is not well at his new job. Gavin, Adele, and baby Jaya—and a mother who’d rather chase men than care for her children—are in a local church shelter opened to help those flooded out by the hurricane. Will Jacqueline stay and keep trying to win Delana’s trust? Will Jonathan survive at his new job or be fired just short of retirement? What are the children to do when their mom takes off and they’re separated? Will they ever be together again? Jennifer Slattery adeptly melds these stores together at the same time as she educates us about the paucity of help for those in need after a disaster. She also shows us the disaster that is many a child services system. I didn't like reading the descriptions of foster homes and homes for boys. I didn't like reading about the plight of those who've lost everything. But she made me aware of the great need—and I can pray for solutions and those people caught in such a situation. I did, however, like the characters—and I prayed they’d all have “happily ever afters.” I was hooked by Slattery’s character development and by my need to continue to read until she resolved their situations. You will laugh, cry, and become involved with all of these people—and you will see how their dependence on God helps them in their struggles. I can’t call this a good read, because the conditions made me very uncomfortable, but "When Dawn Breaks" is a compelling one—and reminded me there is always a dawn! Four stars. New Hope Publishers gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my candid review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Slattery is a new-to-me author. I enjoyed this story. It was unique to me, in that I've never read a book about what happens to the people after a natural disaster. It was heart-wrenching to read about Jacqueline and Gavin losing everything. The story was well-written and easy to follow, despite the fact that it was written from three points of view. I felt like I only got to know the characters, with the exception of Gavin (maybe), on a surface level. I couldn't really connect with them. Jacqueline is a mother who, because of the hurricane, is forced to confront her past and face the daughter she abandoned. Her emotions were real enough, but didn't touch me for some reason. I should have been able to easily identify with Jonathan and his emotions, being in a very real, very similar situation, but I don't think the author dove deep enough for me to connect. Gavin, on the other hand, tore at my heart strings. I cannot imagine the horrors his young eyes saw, based on the information the author provides about his mother and up-bringing. The message of the story was three-fold. For Jacqueline, learning to accept the grace that God gives freely after becoming a new Christian can be hard. For Jonathan, moving forward after a tragedy can be painful. But God doesn't want us to be alone, He wants us to be happy. For Gavin, accepting that YOU ARE worth something in God's eyes, when you've been told your entire life you're worthless is hard. The message was well-written and expertly weaved throughout the story. Overall, I enjoyed this story despite the fact that I didn't connect with the characters and look forward to reading more by Jennifer Slattery. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via New Hope Publishing in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This heartfelt story sweeps readers through different seasons of life and offers a message of hope to all ages. Following a devastating hurricane, the paths of unlikely friends cross and their faith is challenged. It's a book full of new beginnings for everyone involved in the story. When Dawn Breaks deals honestly with relationship problems of all shapes and sizes. As in real life, no one is perfect and each of the characters face up-and-down difficulties that try their love and their courage. It was a unique story for me. I appreciated the heart of Jacqueline, especially, who felt the call to serve and be obedient to the Lord despite her age, weaknesses, and past sins. She was a unique heroine. I have no doubt we all can relate to her journey. I'm one of those readers who prefers a more historical setting, so this modern backdrop wasn't exactly my favorite. That's not to say it wasn't well written, because it was. I'm just not sure I quite matched the "ideal audience" for this book. In the midst of things, the heroine is dealing with menopause and parenting and the hero has been a widower for 5 years and faces a huge career change. It covers some mature topics that make it the perfect choice for seasoned readers. That said, I value its lessons and the reminder to persevere and serve no matter the fears, insecurities, or regrets that hinder you. God, in his merciful, wonderful way, can use even the weakest to show His unconditional love and strength to another. While there were a few unlikable characters in this book, the growth of the leading characters and the plot was strong. It was all very real. It's one of those books I think will impact a lot of readers' lives and encourage them. Above all, it's a book about grace. And that always makes for a beautiful story. ;)
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Jennifer has written a book that will pull you into the story world and when you walk away you will have to remind yourself that these people aren’t real, the situation isn’t real. After sitting down and starting this book I realized how the rest of the world (the real world) seemed to fall away while I was reading. I was so wrapped up in these characters lives, they seemed so real. Jacqueline is a flawed character. She has obviously made many mistakes in her life and Jennifer reveals them slowly, she keeps you hanging on and wanting to find out her full story. I love that Jacqueline sees how God has redeemed her and knows that is her identity now but still struggles to fully accept that truth, especially when her daughter keeps throwing out hurtful reminders. Then we have Jonathan, a great hero dealing with his own issues. I love how Jacqueline and him connect, very unexpected. Gavin is a young boy trying to make in a world that hasn’t been very kind to him or his little sisters. My heart broke for him as he goes through the hardships he does. But through it all there is hope and you know these characters will find a way. How they do it I won’t say, you’ll just have to read this book to see for yourself. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
I loved this second novel by Jennifer Slattery! God's hope, love, and grace resonate throughout her stories. No matter what we are going through, no matter our past, God can use us and our circumstances. Jacqueline Dunn moves in with her estranged daughter after a hurricane forces her out of her own home. Jacqueline has never been married. The church she attends is a refuge for the victims of the hurricane. She learns that everyone has a purpose; God has put her here for a reason. As she volunteers to help out, she meets 14 year old Gavin and his sisters.She failed her own daughter, but can God's grace forgive her for her past and let her have another chance with her daughter and with these kids displaced by the hurricane? Jonathan Cohen has taken another job close to where Jacqueline's daughter lives. His wife died a few years before, and he only has a few more years until retirement. The job at his new place of employment isn't what it seems. Will he lose everything he's gained? It was so much fun seeing God working in his heart and his life. What will happen when he follows God's plan for his life? This book perfectly describes what God can do with a willing heart and teachable spirit. Will Jacqueline and Jonathan follow God faithfully? Can Jonathan find love with Jacqueline, or will it be too much since he is so close to retirement? This contemporary romance incorporates real life situations and feelings. Jacqueline's relationship with her daughter drew me in. She had a past she wasn't proud of, but was trusting God through his grace to help her daughter forgive her and reestablish a relationship. Gavin and his sisters added another dimension to the novel. What he and his sisters had been through was heartbreaking. Can Jacqueline make their future better? What about her daughter? How will she feel about Jacqueline taking on more kids? Pick up this book today for an inspiring, encouraging read. Life's obstacles may get in your way, but God is bigger than those obstacles. I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.
SAken53 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Slattery's second novel is a moving, powerful story. We meet 51 year old Jacqueline Dunn when her flight to escape a hurricane takes her directly into the path of 3 needy children who eventually change her life. She also encounters a lonely railroader who is facing a crisis in his new job. Jennifer weaves these stories together seamlessly. I found myself laughing out loud one minute and one chapter later feeling heartbreak. I was drawn into the lives of these characters and found myself caring about each one. Seeing life through the eyes of 14 year old Gavin broke my heart and made me wonder how many children face the same things in real life. This book is very well-written. It includes a romance but the greater love story in the book might surprise you. Jennifer writes about faith in such a real way showing how her characters struggle with past sins and face challenges to their faith yet find strength in prayer and scripture. There are no super Christians but real people with real faith. If you want to be drawn into a moving story, find yourself rooting for characters you feel you know, enjoy a romance, and possibly be inspired to take action, then you need to read this book. The book is written with humor, realism and from a place of true emotion. There are storylines that include finding romance after fifty, the foster care system, abandoned children, disaster relief, unethical work practices, broken relationship between parent and child, and being willing to step out of one’s comfort zone in order to serve God. Will Jacqueline’s daughter ever trust her again? Will Gavin and his sisters ever have a real home? Will Jonathan lose his job? Will he love again? I highly recommend this novel.