Liggett conveys the beauty of the people and the land of South Africa without ignoring the plight of the women. Character development is strong, and
the reader will be deeply touched on
an emotional level. Their amazing spirit shines through the darkness.
Gabrielle, Cassandra, Heidi and Katie are about to embark on a mission trip for purely selfish reasons. While supposedly going to help South African women earn money for their families, Gabrielle is trying to avoid dealing with a personal loss; Cassandra wants to bolster her career; and Heidi hopes to strengthen her relationship with her stepdaughter, Katie. Witnessing God's beauty has a lasting impact on all their lives. (TYNDALE, Mar., 350 pp., $12.99)