Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Another Dawn
Bethany House (February 1, 2011)
Kathryn Cushman


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.

Other books by Kathryn, A Promise to Remember was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year in the Women’s Fiction category, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

Leaving Yesterday, her third novel, was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award.

Now her fifth book, Another Dawn, has arrived in stores, and I’m very excited about it!

On the homefront, Kathryn has been married to Lee for over twenty years now, and their two daughters are currently braving the worlds of junior high and high school. They’ve lived in Santa Barbara for the last nineteen years. It’s a beautiful place and Kathryn feels blessed to be there (although a seventy degree Christmas still leaves her dreaming of a white one—or at least a colder one!)


Grace Graham is back in Tennessee with her four-year-old son on a short unpaid leave from work, helping her father recover from surgery and spending time with her sister.

Shoal Creek seems more backward than ever after her years in California, and it's hard to find organic food anywhere. When the unthinkable happens and her son is diagnosed with measles, Grace's fears over modern medicine take a dangerous turn.

Worse, the town has fallen into quarantine and its residents focus their anger and blame on Grace. She is alone and scared, until one brave woman chooses to reach out a hand of forgiveness and mercy. But when the outbreak takes a life-threatening turn, will Grace be able to forgive herself?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Another Dawn, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

Kathryn Cushman has just joined my must-read list!  

First of all I love reading a book about a topic that hasn't been touched on very often.  Although vaccination is a "hot button" topic, this was the first fiction I've read on the subject.  

Cushman takes a controversial subject and handles it with sensitivity leaving questions that she deftly refuses to give us easy answers for.  Another Dawn is a book that will leaving you thinking about forgiveness...about the "ripple" effect of our decisions on others.  

I was immediately swept into the emotional world of Grace and the whole town of Shoal Creek.  Cushman's book continues beyond the last page in my heart and mind.


Ooo, so glad you enjoyed it! If you liked this book, her others are definately must reads. I have loved them all. Great review, Julia! :)

I loved it and I'm so glad this is not her first so I have more coming up :)

This does sound good--a good read that makes you think.

Thanks for this review. I'm part way through one of Kathryn's books that I downloaded for Kindle. It's called A Promise to Remember. So far it's compelling. And I'm invested now so I hope I'll like the ending!

Nice review, Julia! This book certainly sounds like a gripping, thought-provoking read that goes straight for the heart. Like you said, this is a topic that hasn't been touched on very often, especially in fiction. I'll have to keep this author in mind. Thanks for the recommend :)


Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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