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Having escaped the clutches of her abusive and controlling husband Cheryl Prescott flees the city she grew up in to live a new life under a false name. Years later when her car breaks down in the small town of Mount Kiernon, Cheryl – who is now better known as Sarah Walker – is forced to spend the night waiting for it to be repaired.Discovering a town that is hurting as muHaving escaped the clutches of her abusive and controlling husband Cheryl Prescott flees the city she grew up in to live a new life under a false name. Years later when her car breaks down in the small town of Mount Kiernon, Cheryl – who is now better known as Sarah Walker – is forced to spend the night waiting for it to be repaired.Discovering a town that is hurting as much as she is, Sarah decides to settle down and call the town her new home, opening a cafe along with her heart to the people of Mount Kiernon. As relationships with her customers grow, so do the feelings she has for the local mechanic, Jamie.Will Sarah open her heart to let Jamie in, or will the new life she has built on lies crumble when her past threatens to return?...

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Number of Pages : 340 Pages
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At First Light Reviews

  • K.T. Munson
    2019-03-04 03:39

    ***This book does not stand alone***SummaryHaving escaped the clutches of her abusive and controlling husband Cheryl Prescott flees the city she grew up in to live a new life under a false name. Years later when her car breaks down in the small town of Mount Kiernon, Cheryl – who is now better known as Sarah Walker – is forced to spend the night waiting for it to be repaired.Discovering a town that is hurting as much as she is, Sarah decides to settle down and call the town her new home, opening a cafe along with her heart to the people of Mount Kiernon. As relationships with her customers grow, so do the feelings she has for the local mechanic, Jamie.Will Sarah open her heart to let Jamie in, or will the new life she has built on lies crumble when her past threatens to return?CharactersSarah is a super strong, but damaged character. She is very emotional but is completely understandable. The author does a great job bringing back her to her struggles over and over again. Her internal struggles make her previous life seem real - so when Jamie comes along it makes sense that she isn't ready. Jamie is such a heart throb! Love him. There was a bit of an issue with POV switching between Jamie and Sarah - sometimes in the middle of a chapter with no clear break. It was very confusing sometimes. The supporting characters very much feel like a small town. I've visited a few small towns and they aren't always as friendly but they are very similar to what the author portrayed. I really liked Jamie's friends but some of the dialogue was a little too similar between characters. PlotI felt like the plot just went on and on. After a while it was a little repetitive and I couldn't always understand why some parts of the story were told, while others were just skimmed over. I don't know if all of the chapters actually advanced the plot, which made it difficult to hold my attention the entire time. The worse part was I expected some sort of resolution at the end for how long the book was and how much redundancy was built in - all to build the character up - but there wasn't. This book cannot stand alone. OverallThe writing could be fleshed out a bit, particularly the POV switches mid-chapter, but overall was enjoyable. The author did an excellent job with the main characters, and some of the secondary characters, but the dialogue could use some tweaking.  The plot could use some condensing - particularly pieces that didn't advance the plot or were repetitive. Honestly I don't know why this was split into two books...if it was for the cliffhanger at the end that is absolutely not necessary and is one of the biggest reason this book is getting the below rating. The author brought a high level of emotion to this book. I was choked up more than once! I really rooted for Jamie and Sarah to work. This is for sure an unpolished gem that would really shine with some clean up. It was very sweet. I'd hope the second book gets more into Sarah's strength and not so much her broken side. I'll admit that sometimes Sarah's actions really pissed me off but the author did a great job of having Sarah correct it quickly enough that she was quickly redeemed in my eyes every time - which is not easy to do so I applaud the author!Rating3 starsThis book has so much potential and excellent character development but needs to clean up. I also don't think this should be two books based on the excess content of this book. That being said I absolutely love Jamie and Sarah and hope they get their happily ever after! I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. More reviews at creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com.

  • Renee
    2019-03-19 06:55

    3.5I received a copy of this novel in return for an honest reviewThis was an interesting read, I am not sure what category it really falls in. It kind of feels like a Nicholas Sparks novel, not quite romance and not quite normal fiction. What I must mention first is there is a HUGE trigger warning in this book for domestic violence, the main character; Sarah is on the run from a very abusive ex. The novel starts out in the present in Sarah's third person pov, then jumps to her friend and co-worker Gloria, then to the past when Sarah decides to open Dawning- her cafe. At the start there is about two pages of info dump on Mnt Kiernon (the town) that was not really needed. In fact those first 15 pages are kind of hard to get through, but after that this is an easy read, with really good writing.The story moves along at a steady pace, but not a lot happens that could be deemed exciting. Sarah buys a house and starts a business, she makes friends, goes out to eat, attends Christmas and begins to fall in love with Jamie. That's about it until around 80% of the way through when the baggage of her ex begins to leak into her life. Jamie, the love interest, is an ex player, down to earth, small town boy. He is nice, patient and sweet. I enjoyed how their romance takes a lot of time. In fact he dates someone else while Sarah is unsure if she can be romantic with him. This novel spans several months. The slow build of their romance is a nice contrast to the insta-love I see in many books. This book ends on an unnecessary cliff hanger. I don't think this needs to be a series. Not enough actually happens for it to be as drawn out as it is. I would have enjoyed this novel better had the entire story been one book. I am not sure if I will read the sequel.The parts I enjoyed best were about Sarah's past and her ex husband. We don't get all that information at once, it's in drips and drabs- which is VERY successful writing. I kept wanting more information, more drama and liked each piece of the puzzle I was given.So if you enjoy Danielle Steele or Nicholas Sparks I recommend giving At First Light a chance, it is a slow paced, sweet natured romance.

  • Davyne DeSye
    2019-03-21 01:34

    At First Light is a sweet romance – despite the looming background of domestic abuse. Instead of focusing on the heroine’s unfortunate past, this is a novel of recovery and hope in the aftermath.Sarah, the victim, has escaped her abusive husband and is trying to make a new life for herself. At the beginning, she is full of fear and distrust. She startles at everything and never relaxes. It is wonderful to read of her slow discovery of friends, trust, relaxation, laughing, sunrises and all the things that a systematically battered woman finds impossible to believe in. I loved watching her settle into belief in herself as she re-gathered the threads of a lost self-confidence.I also loved the relationship development between Sarah and Jamie, a gentle and caring man who has to work hard to gain her trust. The relationship was developed in a natural, wonderful way that I felt was more like “reality” than many romance novels portray.I especially loved the town of Mount Kiernon and the people who lived there. It’s a town I would be happy to settle in myself! And, since food is one of my greatest loves, I really appreciated the descriptions (not overdone) of the delicious food, fresh grown veggies, fresh baked breads and pastries… uh-oh, my mouth is watering again. (Love the cover!)My only wish for this book is that I wanted more… more background on Jamie’s own past (hurtful) relationship – which is only hinted at, and more information on Sarah’s ex-husband. There are hints that the ex-husband is wealthy, hints that he might be a public figure of some kind (if only because of the hinted-at newspaper coverage of the abuse trial), hints that he might have the resources to locate her even though she has changed her name and moved away, etc. Even so, there was enough information given that I did not feel cheated or confused, just wanting more.This was a nicely paced read that – thankfully – focused on the healing of wounds rather than the wounds themselves. I recommend it to lovers of contemporary romance and anyone who needs a story about healing and recovery.

  • James Sillwood
    2019-03-23 03:55

    Sarah (Cheryl) is a victim of domestic abuse. Her ex husband, Jeff, has been sent to prison and Sarah, under a new identity, is determined to make a new life for herself. Her car breaks down in the small town of Mt. Kiernon and she stays at the local boarding house for a few days while waiting for the repairs to be done. The peace and beauty of the town and its surroundings attracts her and, using her grandmother's inheritance, she buys a house there and starts up a business, a cafe which she names Dawning. Sarah is a likeable character and has obviously suffered in her past. She is attracted to Jamie, who works at the local garage and runs an organic business, but is understandably wary of becoming involved. She's a strong and determined character, driven to make a success of her business. I also liked the character of Jamie. He's kind and considerate and has also been hurt in the past. Some of the minor characters I found irritating. Betty who runs the boarding house is a judgemental busybody. Jamie's parents, Don and particularly Emily, seem more like his Grandparents. Jamie's group of friends come across as immature at times. I would have liked to have known more about Sarah's past. Perhaps some recollections from her abusive marriage. She makes a brief reference to her parents, but it would have been interesting to know more about them and any other relatives. Her ex husband comes from a wealthy family. How did she become involved with him? The descriptive writing draws the reader into the story, making it easy to envisage the town of Mt.Kiernon. A book which is strong on location with an interesting and well developed protagonist.

  • Ms. Please Pass The Books
    2019-02-22 06:00

    At First Light is a solid contemporary romance, canvasing the emotional rehabilitation of its heroine, Cheryl Prescott. Cheryl is introduced as Sarah Walker in the first chapter, and as the story develops we're given peeks into the previous relationship—and life—Cheryl/Sarah is on the run from. At First Light has a steady and gradual pace to it, a quality that allows for enhanced character development and both Sarah's relationship with Jamie and the revelations of her past (as Cheryl) to occur at a natural, organic tempo. Paschke uses a measured hand in how she paints the story, and the result is quite satisfying. I think readers who enjoy a more refined, classical narrative style will find all the boxes ticked in At First Light. Looking forward to book two.

  • J.B. Trepagnier
    2019-03-05 02:52

    This book starts out with a rather intense court scene, then kind of ignores it until about 50% into the book. You know there is a man who hurt Sarah, but you wouldn't really know who he is until well into the book or from the blurb. We don't even find out his name until the book is almost finished. I kind of wish the book would have focused more on her past, but I understand what the author was trying to do.I think the author was trying to show more of her present and how she was trying to rebuild her life than what her past was, but I would have liked a few more details about her past earlier on and even later in the book.I felt like the cliff hanger at the end was unneeded and perhaps whatever is intended for the second book could have been told in this one if some of the minute details of Sarah's life had been left out.It was a sweet, fast read and I think romance readers would enjoy it. I just prefer a little more grit and when I know someone has a past in books, I like to see it explored more

  • BrendaAshworth Barry
    2019-03-21 03:31

    This book was delightful and I fell in love with the main character. Just when you believe you know where the plot is going, you get surprised. Sara Walker is a strong determined woman. Yes, she has some left over things that pull her triggers, but she is determined to overcome them. I love how she ended up in the small friendly town. The families and friendships make you wish you could live there. I also enjoyed the friendship between her and Jamie and how deep it grows. There is so much to love about this book and how so many come together to help her get settled in her new home. The way they watch over each other. I will be reading the next book. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a strong determined woman and friendships that grow into family. Love love love it.

  • Mariyam Hasnain
    2019-03-15 01:34

    At First Light by Suzanne Paschke is a sweet contemporary romance novel. The book is a journey of a woman who after surviving an abusive relationship starts her life afresh.Sarah Walker gets so mesmerized by the beauty of the small town of Mt. Kiernon that she decides to make the place her home. While at the picturesque yet empty town of Mt. Kiernon, she starts her new business as a coffee shop owner. She meets Jamie, a local mechanic Don’s son, and a sweet and cute relationship develops between them until Sarah’s past comes back haunting her.The book takes off well and I found myself enjoying it up until when the intrigue dies and the description of Mt. Kiernon dominates the read.The Prologue was intriguing, but there was the unnecessary description that starts itself from the first chapter and goes on to several pages.Sarah felt very realistic and believable, and I was rooting for her from the beginning. I liked the character of Jamie and the slow-burning romance between him and Sarah.The dialogues were smooth, crisp, and well written. The novel has everything that a typical contemporary romance should have, but I missed the action. Often the narrative summary seems to dominate over the scenes. The descriptions of the scenery and the surrounding were tedious to read and made this beautiful novel a bit dull and boring at some places.But besides that, there wasn’t anything that could deter a true romance reader from picking up this book. If you love reading clean contemporary romances and don’t mind a hazy ending that compels you to wait for the next book in the series, At First is Light is just the right thing for you.

  • Joel Crofoot
    2019-02-22 23:00

    This book follows the journey of recovery from an abusive relationship, as well as the corrective emotional experience that is needed along the way. After suffering a major blow in her personal life, Sarah finds herself in a town that has suffered a blow as well, where her destiny awaits, in the form of a young mechanic named Jamie. However Sarah has been hurt in the past, and unfortunately learned that she cannot always trust herself or men. Will Jamie be able to restore her faith?The book is filled with great life lessons about recovery, courage, and the healing process. The steady pace takes the reader through a journey that will tug on their heart strings and leave them with a sense of determination and hope. It was a wonderful read!

  • K.C. Willivee
    2019-02-25 02:00

    A gently paced, emotionally nuanced story about learning to love again after physical abuse.After her ex-husband is sentenced for his assaultive behavior, Sarah leaves the jurisdiction to forge a new identity and new life for herself. When her car breaks down in tiny Mt. Kiernon, she has no idea that her destiny lies there. What starts out as an inconvenience turns into surprise when she finds herself in love with the town...and with Jamie, the charming son of the mechanic who first rescued her from the roadside. It's hard to imagine a more likable heroine than Sarah, and her personal struggles play out nicely against the backdrop of the beleaguered town. Mt. Kiernon itself fell on hard times after the mine left and took many of the jobs with it. Still, the town is determined to rebuild from next to nothing, just as Sarah is. Dialogue is crisp and fresh, with each of the characters speaking in a unique and believable voice. The aching vulnerability with which Sarah and Jamie dare to approach the possibility of another heartbreak should strike a chord with readers who have suffered their own romantic disappointments. Their slow and cautious attempts at romance make even a simple kiss sizzle on the page. I should note that there are no graphic descriptions of physical abuse. There is only one misstep in the book, but it is jarring in its juxtaposition with the mastery displayed in the other scenes. At one point, a character publicly dumps his girlfriend in a savagely humiliating manner, much to the delight of his friends. Now, the girlfriend wasn’t particularly nice, but I might argue that a hero shouldn’t be that cruel…especially not if he follows that up with a sexually harassing pat on the server’s rear end. He does sober up and apologize, and although I had a strong negative reaction to that scene, it did not change my overall positive impression of the book.This was an enjoyable, heartwarming read with credible characters and a compelling storyline. I will definitely look for more from this author.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-06 22:43

    I won this book from Goodreads giveaways. I am not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. I have read this book ebook format and glad I got to reread in paper form this time. What a beautiful story. When Cheryl has to change her name to Sarah and find herself a new life because of an abusive ex-husband she think that she might have a little bit of normal. But while she is gone her beloved Nana dies and leaves her with an inhiertance and was going to start her life in a new town when her cars breaks down in a little town that has hit on hard times due to the mine closing. She is helped by a wonderful family and decides who open the cafe in the town that she felt finally like home. She is afraid to fall in love or even date because of the abuse she had to put up with. She is finally feeling a little normal and find out that her ex-husband is out of jail she was suppose to be for 3 years and only was in one and is found out about her money and is sueing for it. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next novel. I know Jamie will stand by her but she has to tell him everything and that will be scary.

  • Eva Pasco
    2019-03-02 01:00

    All the Right Ingredients!The reader is introduced to Cheryl Prescott under the assumed identity of Sarah Walker, on the move to relocate and establish a new life in the aftermath of a sensational court trial whose guilty verdict sentences her wealthy ex-husband to prison for domestic violence. En route to Franklin, her car breaks down in the abandoned mining town of Mount Kiernon. During an overnight stay, Sarah feels an affinity for the locale, and decides to open a café there. In due time, she finds herself attracted to Jamie, the local mechanic. At first sight, the author drew me into the story and held my unwavering attention until the end: Detailed descriptions of the surroundings abound. The title fits the story like a glove, as does the name Sarah chooses for her café. The protagonists and secondary characters are distinctly portrayed, driven by realistic circumstances and plausible dialog. Because the novel focuses on Sarah overcoming the psychological trauma associated with spousal abuse, the slow progression of a romantic relationship seemed logical. The author even succeeded in having me look over Sarah’s shoulder on practically every page!Why I’ve rated ‘At First Light,’ 4-Stars rather than 5, is based on my own preference for a novel told in first-person narrative rather than third. If Sarah had told the story, it may have mandated backstories so the reader could be an eye witness to her marriage and the man she grew to loathe. Not forthcoming, I would have liked the third party storyteller to have been an integral part of the plot—justification for narrating. The story is not gritty enough for my taste. Sure, we see how traumatized Sarah is, but I want scenes of brutality so I can be shaken to the core and shoved out of my comfort zone to better identify with the victim. Overall, I highly recommend this book. I found the novel has the right number of pages, and the author is justified in resuming where she left off by writing a sequel to ‘At First Light.’ The first novel has all the right ingredients to satisfy most reading palettes without biting into more than one can chew.

  • Pam
    2019-03-11 23:39

    At First Light (Mount Kiernon Book 1) is by Suzanne Paschke. It is a fabulous book and one you just have to keep reading. You think you know what is going to happen and then something else does. It certainly keeps you on your toes and interested in reading the book. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read book 2. Although it never says where the book takes place, I assume it takes place in Australia as that is where Suzanne lives. Obviously, it takes place somewhere with British influence. Sarah Walker is headed to Franklin to start a business when her car overheats and breaks down. The weather is unseasonably warm and now she has to wait on help. When Don finally gets there, he finds her radiator is shot and needs to be replaced. The best he can do is call his son Jamie to come tow her in and have his wife Emily arrange a room for her at Betty’s Bed and Breakfast, the only place in town to stay. Although Sarah is leery at first, she gives in when she realizes she hasn’t a choice and that for some reason she trusts Don. Trusting someone, especially a man, is something she just doesn’t do. Thus, she finds herself in Mount Kiernon. By the time her car is fixed the next day, she has fallen in love with the town and decides to come back here to start a business. She doesn’t tell anyone though. Jamie picks her up and takes her to Betty’s. By that time, he is attracted to her. His attraction grows into a deep friendship when she hires him to help her liaison with the business people in town and to find her sources for organic vegetables for her café. Can he ever get past her self-imposed wall to the real Sarah? What is bothering her? Where did she come from? Does he really want to know the truth?

  • Michelle Smith
    2019-03-03 23:49

    I really loved this book. It moved at a great pace and was full of characters that I know I will come to love in future books in this series. I actually messaged the author half way through to let her know I was enjoying the twists and turns. I knew what I wanted to happen and really hoped that it would. I will say that I laughed and cried during this read and that make me love a book. It means it touched my soul. This book does touch on spousal abuse and how a character deals with the after effects. There were no gruesome details which I appreciated as most of us understand the gruesome details of that already. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.Full disclosure the author provided me an early copy for an honest review. I enjoyed it so much I did purchase it for my kindle, I plan on rereading this one as I do with my favorite authors such as JD Robb, Catherine Coulter, Debbor Macomber and Susan Mallery, If you are fans of them I think you will enjoy Suzanne Pasche.

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-26 00:56

    What a beautiful story. When Cheryl has to change her name to Sarah and find herself a new life because of an abusive ex-husband she think that she might have a little bit of normal. But while she is gone her beloved Nana dies and leaves her with an inhiertance and was going to start her life in a new town when her cars breaks down in a little town that has hit on hard times due to the mine closing. She is helped by a wonderful family and decides who open the cafe in the town that she felt finally like home. She is afraid to fall in love or even date because of the abuse she had to put up with. She is finally feeling a little normal and find out that her ex-husband is out of jail she was suppose to be for 3 years and only was in one and is found out about her money and is sueing for it. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next novel. I know Jamie will stand by her but she has to tell him everything and that will be scary.

  • Jennifer Bradley
    2019-03-24 06:31

    I received a free copy in order for a honest review. We meet Sarah Walker a newly moved resident to Mount Kiernon. After some car trouble and deciding how much she loved the little village. She decides to stay and build a new life for herself. By buying a cafe with the money her gran left her. Mount Kiernon is the perfect place to start a new beginning as she is starting a new life for herself. Away from a horrible ex husband. Who hurt her this is a fresh start with maybe some new love options. It may just be the start of a perfect summer for her. We also meet some interesting character's in this book. Like B and B owner Betty and Suzanne Paschke describes the food that Sarah cooks so mouth watering. I really enjoyed this heartfelt story and can't wait to see if Sarah battles her demons in book two.

  • Annabelle Costa
    2019-03-11 02:43

    This was an enjoyable read about a woman named Cheryl (later changes name to Sarah) who is fleeing domestic abuse from her husband and eventually comes to settle in the town of Mt. Kiernon. She buys a restaurant with her inheritance and a local mechanic named Jamie becomes interested in her.I loved Sarah's character. I felt that she was very realistically drawn, and my only gripe is that I would have loved to hear more of her backstory. But I especially loved the slowly developing romance between Sarah and Jamie. He seemed like such a good man... not your typical comically sexy hero in romance. He's my favorite kind of hero.All in all, this is a steady-paced, feel-good romance that has a lot of depth because of the psychological struggles that Sarah endures. Looking forward to book #2!

  • Melody Smith
    2019-02-23 05:48

    Oh. My. God. This was a phenomenal read.I will admit I was a little dubious at first when I read the premise of this book. I thought it was going to be another happily ever after all wrapped up too neatly in a bow. Far from it. This book made me go through just about every emotion possible as I read it. I laughed. I cried. I was angry for Sarah. I was gobsmacked at Spence's audacity. But most of all I was touched by Jamie and the way he treated Sarah with such respect and caring.I'm hoping there will be more to the series, and the ending suggests that there will be because I really need to know how this all ends for them.