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Publisher's Summary

National best-selling 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.

©2013 Lauraine Snelling (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Another Great Novel by Laurraine Snelling

Wonderful storyline and characters! Narration is superb. I never would have thought of putting together the characters. In true Laurraine Snelling style they fit perfectly!

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unrealistic

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I work in the hospital and didn't find the descriptions of the medical clinic believable. I feel like the author didn't research her facts thoroughly enough. I was unable to finish the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lauraine Snelling again?

maybe

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  • W.
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 01-20-14

Wake the Dawn

This is an excellent read. It's a fast paced drama that held my attention from beginning to end. I am not fond of romantic novels. Boy meets girl is really a part of life, including the Christian life, but that phase does not overshadow life as a whole. I think that is especially so for the Christian. This novel handles that phase of living very well, along with the more pressing issues that make up this story. The narrative was also very well done.

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  • Clara
  • Irmo, SC, United States
  • 12-01-13

A real change from the usual Snelling books

Would you listen to Wake the Dawn again? Why?

Yes, it was a great story with very believable characters

Which character – as performed by Kristen Kalbli – was your favorite?

I enjoyed them all, couldn't chose a favorite.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The death of the Chief....though it was expected it was done well. I was glad she chose to have the father and daughter reunite.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book written by Snelling that I have read outside the early pioneers from Norway which I enjoyed immensely. She has done q great job with today's world also. I think to be compelling in both time periods is a mark of a really talented author.