Serena McDaniels has an idyllic life. She's been able to give up a fast-track career in advertising for a satisfying job as the executive director of the Children's Art Coalition, while her loving husband, Micah, pastors a successful church.

There's just one thing missing in her life: a baby. Serena longs to have a family and is willing to spend whatever it takes to conceive. But when a rift at Micah's church threatens his job and an old friend needs a big favor, will Serena give up her dream to support Micah and her friend?

Readers may find this work more sermon than story and deem the villain's behavior over the two-year period and the wealth of a pastor and his wife who works for a nonprofit society implausible. Adams creates, for the most part, a realistic abuse and infertility scenario, along with some memorable characters, all of which show her potential for excelling with her fiction. (Apr., 288 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston