{book review} Sunflower Serenade, by Tricia Goyer

It’s harvest time here in rural NW North Carolina, and the local folks are picking, cooking and canning up a storm! We’ve been overflowing with green beans and squash, and we’re hoping our 67 tomato plants can ripen before the blight totally consumes them.

If you would have told me 15 years ago that I would be living on a mountainside in a rural community, planting a garden, buying beef from local farmers, and loving bluegrass music by the river, I’d have thought you were crazy!

You see, I grew up in Suburbia, USA. You can tell by the trace of a prissy-proper accent underneath my newly acquired southern twang. I turned up my nose to any music that involved a fiddle or banjo. But now, I am a full-fledged garden-growin’, bluegrass lovin’, pinto bean cookin’ country girl, and I love it. When I got back from BlogHer in Chicago, my eyes drank in the GREEN of home and breathed deeply the peace!

That brings me to Sunflower Serenade, Tricia Goyer’s newest installment in the Guidepost’s Home To Heather Creek series. Once again, Tricia breathes life into these endearing characters, as they draw closer together as a family. She captures the joys and struggles of small-town life perfectly, and presents realistic dilemmas within the Stevenson clan. From the teen struggles to fit in (which sometimes I feel as an adult), to grandparents Charlotte and Bob’s desire to protect their family, the provision and leading of God are central to the story!

If you are “Country Folk” at heart, and want to step back into the comfort of a patchwork quilt, or a “City Slicker” wanting to peel back the curtain and peek into a whole new world, Sunflower Serenade will not disappoint!

About the book:

A small-town summer…

The days are long and lazy, the corn is high, the sunflowers are in bloom, and everyone in Bedford is gearing up for the biggest event of the summer: the annual county fair. Sam is skeptical about it, especially since his friend Jordan is visiting from San Diego. What if Jordan tells everyone back in California that Nebraska is boring? As Sam struggles to impress his old friend, Christopher is hard at work getting Toby ready for the fair’s dog show, and Emily finds herself wrapped up in winning a blue ribbon with a new hobby.

But when a Nashville music producer approaches Bob about using Heather Creek Farm to film a country star’s new music video, he and Charlotte are faced with a dilemma. Will they allow the glamour and enticements of big-city life to encroach upon their peaceful home? Will the excitement of celebrity drown out the simple joys of summer?

Come home to Heather Creek. Get to know Charlotte Stevenson, who is raising her grandchildren on the family farm after a tragic accident changes all of their lives forever. With the help of her husband Bob and a close-knit circle of friends, she will do whatever it takes to keep this fragile family together. See how God, who makes the sun rise and the crops grow, watches over our lives too.

About the Author:


Tricia Goyer is the author of eighteen fiction and non-fiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. Tricia writes magazine articles for publications like Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia also enjoys speaking. She and her family make their home in Montana.

Contest: Playing on one element of the book – big city entertainers vs. old county fair – the contest for this blog tour is City Girl Goes Country! Share your funniest story (about you or someone you know) about a time when you as the “city girl” goes to the country or “country girl” goes to the city. Enter the contest here. The best story (as chosen by Tricia) will win an entire set of the Home to Heather Creek series.

Check out what others are saying about Sunflower Serenade. Click here for the Blog Tour schedule at LitFuse. You can purchase the entire series by clicking this link. You can also order only Sunflower Serenade by calling this number: 1-800-431-2344.

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