Book Review: Another Dawn

20 Apr

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?

Chapter 1

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

My Impressions:

Have you ever made a decision you felt was the right one, but everything turned out wrong?  Does God allow do-overs?  These are just two questions explored in Kathryn Cushman’s contemporary fiction novel, Another Dawn. Grace Graham has been running from hard situations since her mother died 8 years earlier.  Now at 25 with a child of 4, single mother Grace chooses to return to her hometown when things in California seem tougher than what she left behind.  Unfortunately, Grace will face another challenge she can’t run away from.

Another Dawn explores a mother’s choice not to vaccinate and the consequences that arise.  Knowing people on the non-vaccine side of the argument, I know that the choice is difficult.  Cushman’s book looks at personal choice vs. community welfare.  The novel also looks at forgiveness and the need to give others second chances.  Cushman does a good job in illustrating hurt feelings, anger, bitterness, child-like faith and God’s grace.

This would be an excellent choice for a women’s book club — it should spur great discussion.   It presents both sides of the vaccination argument, personal responsibility, and second chances.


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(I received Another Dawn from Bethany House Publishers in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)