The author of the popular holiday novel The Christmas Shoes brings readers another emotionally charged novel with her latest release, a powerful drama of love and enduring strength. The well-developed, down-to-earth characters are believable and real
as they lure readers into an unforgettable story.

In 1947, 9-year-old Jane Gable resides in the small town of Morgan Hill, Tenn., with her younger brother and parents. When her abusive, drunken father dies, Jane's mother, Fran, struggles to make ends meet and wonders how she will support her family when she discovers that she's pregnant.

In addition, Fran faces prejudice and hatred when she befriends the area's only black family. When tragedy strikes and Fran promises to raise her new friend's orphaned son, she learns the true meaning of sacrifice and unconditional love. (St. Martin's, Oct., 240 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick