REVIEW: Wake the Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

A contemporary novel, Wake the Dawn follows Ben and Esther as they struggle to overcome fear, addiction, not-measuring-up, and loss of a loved one.  Ben is a border patrol agent who finds an abandoned baby, later named Dawn, in the woods on his rounds.  He takes her into his home and the baby gives him a reason to keep going and overcome his drinking problem.  Esther, a physician’s assistant, serves as the small town’s doctor and battles feelings of inadequacy and PTSD.  I think the characters are thrown together a bit oddly, through a giant storm in their area.  Their friendship develops quickly.  Perhaps the timing is everything, though.  I enjoyed the story.  I felt it left loose ends that Snelling could have tied-up better.  There’s the parentage of Dawn to figure out, Amber’s story, and perhaps even more on Esther’s family.


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