Though Abby settled in Hawaii to raise her family, she longs for her daughter, Hannah, to experience the love and wisdom of her grandmother, the Grand Lady, who lives in Louisiana. Except for her wonder-filled summers at Grand Lady's home, Abby has always felt disconnected from her family—distant from her brother, abandoned by a father who died too young and resentful toward a cold mother.

When the chance to make the pilgrimage suddenly arises, Abby leaps at the opportunity to broaden her daughter's horizons and strengthen their suffering mother-daughter connection. The pair set off on an adventure of discovery that challenges Abby to change and grow as much as it does her daughter.

With simplicity and verve, Gunn tells a moving story about the importance of family and forgiveness. She has a talent for drawing deep meaning out of the commonplace events of life. (Jan., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson