Hake delivers another spritely early-American romance. It's a joy to watch her lighthearted character bring an innocent, unscathed faith into the lives of a family that's surviving domestic violence, grief and loss.
The Stauffers have undergone a great deal of emotional trauma. When unconventional Hope Ladley enters their lives, widower Jakob Stauffer is bemused. But her cheerful disposition and the love she has for Jakob's daughter change their lives for the better. (Bethany House, Jan., 231 pp., $13.99)
Lindy J. Swanson