WAKE THE DAWN
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.
Ben James works as a border patrol agent in Pineville, Minn., on the Canadian border. His life is in tatters since he lost his wife, and he has hit the bottle hard, but always reports to work with a clear head. When a horrible storm hits, he stumbles upon an abandoned baby and rushes her to the only clinic in town. Esther Hanson runs the clinic in Pineville. When the storm hits, she is faced with all sorts of medical emergencies and struggles to keep her fears at bay. She and Ben work side by side during the worst time in their lives and start to heal without realizing they are, all due to the storm which has cut them all off from the outside world. Will they get past their problems after the storm, or will the wreckage left behind sink both of them further into despair? (FAITHWORDS, Aug., 368 pp., $15.00)