Widow Emma Garrett discovers that her boardinghouse might be taken from her. She vows to keep it clear of impropriety until the issue can be resolved.

But her plan wavers when widow Frances Leonard arrives, embroiling Hill House in the middle of a family feud with her sons. As her decisions lead her down a painful road of self-discovery, can Emma learn to trust God for her future?

Parr's first title in the Candlewood trilogy is rather weak. Although the characters are zany and interesting, they're not realistic, and the confusing plot takes various twists. These elements make for an unsatisfying end. (Aug., 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Reyes