John’s latest novel has a good general storyline, but the plot gets muddled with too many separate issues. Teal is not a very sympathetic character, so it’s difficult for the reader to care about the things she is desperate to keep secret. The disjointed tale is frustrating, but it does have a sweet conclusion.
After living through a horrendous earthquake, Teal just wants to know her family is safe. But her teenage daughter, Maiya, is not where she said she’d be, and she’s asking questions Teal would rather not answer — like the identity of Maiya’s father. Although Teal’s husband River is an excellent stepfather, Teal must come to terms with her past to move forward for the future. (TYNDALE, Mar., 352 pp., $13.99)