Saturday, February 26, 2011

ANOTHER DAWN by KATHRYN CUSHMAN

Grace Graham likes to run. As in run away from her troubles.Things have not been easy for Grace since she was a teen losing her mother to cancer. A cancer she still today blames her father for. Grace holds such bitterness towards the man who smoked for years and still chooses to smoke today. Why? She feels his choice killed her mother.

Grace receives a call from her sister, Jana, who is needing her to come home to Tennessee to care for their father about to have knee surgery. Jana, would love to say no, but she is facing troubles on the home front with the man she loves. She has given the ring back and is now on the run again, this time running home instead of away.

Once home, Grace, is enjoying seeing her sister, brother-in-law and little niece. She is even warming to her father has he begins to embrace, Grace's son, Dylan. Everyone seems to know Grace a little more than she knows herself. She is on a journey of finding peace. She is almost there when, Dylan, comes down with a fever. Not just a fever, but a rash covering his four year old body.

A week passes and Dylan is not better. In fact he is worse. Seeking treatment for, Dylan, Grace learns he has the measles. Everyone is wanting to know how he has the measles. Grace shocks them by stating that she never had him immunized. Grace has friends in her life that have children who suffer from Autism. Learning of all the risk factors, Grace, makes the best choice for her son. It is that very choice that will soon effect many around her, including her new niece that will fight for her life.

Anger rises and Grace is yet wanting run. Run back to her home leaving behind the choice and all its effects. But a kind neighbor reaches out to Grace and leads her to stay. She is teaching her not to run, but to face what is in front of her with faith. Grace is now realizing the choice that angered her so about her father is now angering others effected by the one choice she made.

This is a story of forgiveness, healing and finding peace when all has been broken. This is an eye opening story about immunizations and the choices we make. How every choice we make effects not only us, but those around us.  There are two sides to every choice and when we are on the other side we often do not take the time to think about the other. I really loved this book. In these pages we witness Grace grow and find all that God has for her. You can also read, "Leaving Yesterday" and "A Promise To Remember" by Kathryn Cushman.

This book was a gift from Bethany House for its review.
 
Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. After practicing as a pharmacist, she left her career to marry and begin a family and has since pursued her dream of writing. Leaving Yesterday is her third novel. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit Kathryn's Web site at www.kathryncushman.com  
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