Top real estate salesperson Jane Lofton is described by her own daughter as a "shallow, egocentric narcissist." She's married to a wealthy man who's helped bring her into all the right circles. And she finds it perfectly acceptable that her relationship with her college-aged daughter is frosty at best.
But a near-miss car accident changes everything in Jane's selfish, spoiled life. Trapped in her car and believing death is imminent, Jane makes a promise. If she "makes it," then she'll do good. Just like that, a mysterious stranger cuts through the roof of her convertible and pulls Jane to safetymoments before her car explodes.
Jane tries returning to her old way of life, but the promise she made continues to haunt her. So, to do good, she begins donating money to charities, but that doesn't feel like enough. She visits Chester, her rescuer, a 78-year-old man with a past similar to her own. He explains that Jane has reached a turning point in her life and becomes her mentor.
No one knows what to make of Jane as she attempts to change, but one thing is for certain. Her newfound benevolence is affecting many lives, not just her own.
In this day of "Pay it Forward"-type actions, Ms. Morsi gives readers a woman who is far from perfect, but who, with a little work, can start heading in the right direction. (Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)