Rooted in Sunrise

Ava Winston likes her life of routine in Lexington, Kentucky. Each day, she goes to the place she’s worked for twenty years, then returns home. On Sundays, she has dinner with her daughter, Juniper. It’s a little boring, but as Ava nears fifty-five, she deserves a bit of ease.

Then a tornado blows it away. Ava is safe in the basement, but when she emerges, only one corner of her home stands. Rather than crumbling under the loss, she feels a load lifted. Maybe something beyond the familiar is calling to her.

Ava seizes the opportunity to find the owner of a suitcase that landed on her lawn during the storm. Meanwhile, Juniper urges her to rebuild, Ava’s employer doesn’t want her to quit, and her ex-husband invites her back into his life. Ava must be courageous if she’s to assist two friends suffering in the tornado’s aftermath and balance what’s best for herself and for the people she loves.

Rooted in Sunrise is a story of learning to change and discovering what is most important.


Beth’s debut novel is now available for pre-order. Publication date is September 17, 2024.

About Beth

Beth’s debut novel, Rooted in Sunrise, will be published September 17, 2024.

Beth Dotson Brown has visited with a king in Ghana, listened to the dreams of mothers in Guatemala and made friends with the monarchs in Kentucky. Beth is an award-winning feature writer, short story author, essayist and debut novelist.  She is the author of Yes! I Am Catholic and contributor to A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors, Scenes from the Common Wealth, and The Bandana Book. Heartland Plays published her collection of one-act plays, Mothers, Daughters and the Spaces in Between. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines and aired on the BBC World Service Short Story Programme. Beth earned her journalism degree at Ball State University. Besides writing, she also works with nonprofit organizations and mentors writers. Beth is a member of the Author’s Guild and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She lives in a small Kentucky town where she enjoys family, friends and cooking from the goodness of the garden.

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