Wake the Dawn

Wake the Dawn 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 t

  • Title: Wake the Dawn
  • Author: Lauraine Snelling
  • ISBN: 9780892969012
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 patNational 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.

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    1. I liked the plot and characters in this book. Unfortunately, that was not enough to make this a good book. The writing is simply awful. The editing is even worse. The medical terminology and technique was so wrong it was laughable at times. At one point the author refers back to an "intubation" of a baby that was originally described as just a complicated IV start. The setting of the novel takes similar hits. One minute all is calm, the next trees are falling and houses are being blown over. One [...]

    2. I loved this book! I hope there are more books set in this small town in northern MN. The characters are great and I'd love to learn more about them. I think this small town would be a great setting for another series. While everyone copes with disasters differently the people of this small town really banded together and helped one another through the tragedies brought about by the weather in this small town. People who may not have been happy with those they came in contact with ended up helpi [...]

    3. I FINISHED THIS WONDERFUL BOOK BACK IN JUNE, BUT COULDN'T REVIEW IT UNTIL IT CAME OUT THIS WEEK!!!! Any book by Lauraine Snelling is fantastic and a pleasure to read, but this one Wake the Dawn is just intriguing to read and review. The characters are so real and full of life and they become so very special to you. I just hate when I finish reading a good book. Ben James is having so many problems and can’t seem to get interested in life again after the love of his life is ripped away from him [...]

    4. Definitely one of my favorites done by Snelling. I finished the book in 2 days!! I like that it took place in modern times because after awhile it gets old reading about pioneer's and the other tragic love stories. I feel that more people can relate to this book because it talks about getting through PTSD and alcoholism. This book got my attention just by reading the short prelude and it gets pretty intense right off the bat. I think that this would make a really good movie, but it would probabl [...]

    5. 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 of [...]

    6. 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 ca [...]

    7. I've greatly enjoyed Lauraine Snelling's historical works, so I thought I'd like to see how she handles contemporary.Sadly, I was not impressed. I never got into the characters, Esther and Ben. Esther, plagued with PTSD, at least was more believable than Ben deciding in two seconds that he was going to give up alcoholism with absolutely no ill-effects other than thinking "man I could use a drink" maybe three whole times after his decision. For being such an important part of Ben's new life, baby [...]

    8. The small town of Pineville, Minnesota finds itself caught in one of the largest storms ever to hit. Border Patrolmen, Ben James, looking for Snakeheads (those helping illegals cross the border via Canada) comes across a newborn just as the sky begins to open. The only clinic in town, hosts a physicians assistant, Esther Hansen, who finds that her fears of being ill equipped are realized. With homes crashing down, trees uprooted, drug addicts with hostages - these chapters read fast and with ama [...]

    9. Lauraine Snelling is a great writer, her books always have a great storyline and the perfect ending though you can't guess what's going to happen. I enjoyed this book so much, the main character, Esther, is a physician's assistant working on her own in a clinic when a hurricane hits and much damage is done to the community with lots of injuries. Esther has a great nurse and a couple of EMT's along with Ben James, a US Border Patrol agent. Ben lost his wife in a car accident and turned to the bot [...]

    10. I absolutely could not finish this book. I was under the assumption (because of the book synopsis) that this was going to be about a baby that the border patrol officer found. Yeah, there is a little bit of that in the book, but it's mostly about a small town medical clinic and how it is run and all of the shortcomings it has during a significant storm. Ugh. Being in the medical field myself, I don't want to read about it in my spare time. Who really brings a body back to a medical clinic, compl [...]

    11. Loved this book, my first by Lauraine Snelling. A tragic storm hits a small town with only a PA, Ester, running the local clinic which is short on supplies. Enter border patrol officer, Ben James, who gets assigned to the clinic. Together they work through the storm to help those in need. Once the storm is cleared they need to decide what to do about the clinic and their personal dilemmas including a baby that was found, someone suing the city for not having available hospital supplies and PTSD. [...]

    12. This novel starts off with intense action as a storm hits the northern border town of Pineville. Esther is a PA in the town's clinic and the only source of medical help. Ben is border patrol, finds an abandoned baby and when he takes her to the clinic, ends up staying and helping Esther. Ben and Esther both have hurts that need healing and we see their attempts at doing so as the novel progresses.I loved all the characters in the book, typical townspeople in rural America. They do come together [...]

    13. It always grieves me to give a less than favorable review. I know how much time/effort goes into writing a novel. However, false flattery benefits no one. The overall storyline is plausible. The thematic ribbons - courage under fire, hope, and second chance redemption are worthy. And there are a few stellar passages. However, the hodgepodge, hither and yon writing throughout the majority of the book makes for very muddy reading. Often the sentences were so staccato and disjointed, I'd have to ba [...]

    14. I received this book as a giveaway from . This book grabbed me from the beginning. Ben and Esther are two broken individuals living in the small town of Pineville Minnesota. Ben. a border patrolman, has never been able to cope with his wife's accidental death. Esther, a physician's assistant and the town's only means of medical care, is haunted by her past. When a massive storm hits the town, they are thrown together to help the people of Pineville survive the storm. Lauraine Snelling's engaging [...]

    15. I get frustrated with stories such as Wake The Dawn. It began with a wonderful story which leads the reader to believe that the book will be about a baby that is found abandoned in the wilds and a sad man who will find himself a new life through the saving her life. Sadly we spend the first 1/3 of the book inside a clinic during a contrived blizzard with the most contrived, absurd array of patients (from the demented lady who arrives only in her underpants to the heart attached that dies and the [...]

    16. This is my first book by Lauraine Snelling and I really enjoyed it. This story was very realistic since it centered around a destructive rainstorm in a remote country area. We meet US Border Patrol Agent Ben James who has lived in the area for most of his life. We also meet Esther Hanson who runs the only medical clinic in the area. Both of them are fighting their own demons as they rally to help their many neighbors who have been affected by the storm. The characters represent the good of the f [...]

    17. Another great work of art from Lauraine Snelling! Tragedy after tragedy keeps striking this small town but some how people keep pulling through. Leaning on God's strength they find a way out of the storm. We may not understand why God lets bad things happen to good people but we must learn to cope and move on. The characters in the story are faced with storm upon storm and fight through to make it out but each has an internal struggle they are facing and must work to overcome. We may not know th [...]

    18. Loved this book! What an amazing story of non-perfect people being brought together to make a huge impact in a community. The story looked not only at the effort they put into helping and saving others through the clinic, but it worked through the individual issues that Esther and Ben had as well. Their relationships with God were not where they should be, and Lauraine so graciously shows them that as they explore a depth with God they hadn't know in a long time. This book is a perfect example o [...]

    19. I've read better Lauraine Snelling books. The story was fine, but often implausible. Ben falls in love with the baby he found, but spends very little time with her. She is mostly cared for by his friends, Beth and Ansel, who seem to have no problem at all taking care of two newborns and a toddler. Unrealistic. That's just one example . I agree with another reviewer who said that the editing is awful. It is. I'm not a person who "skims" a book; I read every word, and there are many mistakes in th [...]

    20. Dealing with grief, two bad storms one behind another, PTSD and a baby left near border keep you reading forward. Esther is a Physician Assistant. Ben is a Border Patrol Agent. When two bad storms hit Pineville, Ben is put helping Esther as he has EMT training. The clinic I so small there is not enough supplies. Both Ben and Esther deal with grief in different ways. The disaster finally makes the community see why they need a hospital. This book is an adventure through problems, disaster, a baby [...]

    21. One of the things I enjoy about Christian novels is their heartwarming, happily ever after endings! This book is no exception. A Small town in northern Minnesota is hit by a devastating storm and only a physician's assistant is available to help with the injured. She is dealing with her own problems but with assistance from members of the community, she is able to heal others as well as herself.

    22. My first Lauraine Snelling book and I really liked it. I was hooked right away and at times couldn't put it down. The story was so well written that I could picture the small town as the storm hit and loved the characters more with every chapter I read. The storm and it's aftermath were inspiring and the lessons learned made me think long after I finished the book. Looking forward to reading more of this author.*****FIRST READS WINNER

    23. This was a wonderful book. I honestly think that I enjoyed it even more because I lived in North Dakota which is mentioned several times in this book. The characters were all very well developed. I liked how the author alluded to Esther's PTSD for a while but left you guessing as to what it was before it was finally revealed.

    24. Wake the Dawn is a compulsively readable blend of natural disaster story, grief counseling, redemption, and smalltown drama. It's sappy and overwrought with a little preachiness thrown in like a compelling movie on the Hallmark channel. L.S. has a knack for creating admirable imperfect characters and a strong sense of community.

    25. This was a really interesting book. Physician's assistant is suffering from PTSD; she runs a clinic in a very small town near the Canadian border. There are two vicious storms causing road closures and flooding. The clinic runs out of medicine and supplies, one of the border patrol men find a baby left to die in the woods. This story held my interest throughout.

    26. Don't know why but for some reason I couldn't get into this book at this time. It might be that I've been reading a lot of books on my e-reader and this one was a book book. Will try it again later once my library gets it for e-readers. I love all of Ms. Snelling's books so it might have been just the formate. My library is slow about getting new release for the e-readers so I will wait.

    27. Another page turnerLauraine Snelling is my favorite author and this book easily lived up to my expectations. As always she had ensconced in the characters so quickly that I understand them from almost the first page. Her books bring me closer in my walk without God without preaching to me. And I love that!

    28. This was my first book to read by Lauraine Snelling. I was drawn into the book immediately. Very fast paced story at the beginning with lots of action occurring over a small amount of time. Towards the middle the pace began to slow and the author focused on character development.

    29. I couldn't put it down at first but the story slowed down as they were looking for solutions to the community health provider problems. Living in a small community I can relate to it. But overall a good read

    30. Halfway through chapter four, I had to quit. Who knew a rush on an under-supported small town clinic during a freak storm could be so boring. Reading this is like trying to have a conversation with someone with severe ADD.

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