Samson has a true gift for characterization and plotting. It's easy to relate to Heather, and the first-person narrative really connects the reader to her struggles. But Heather is annoying at times with her inability to see beyond herself. Ultimately, her journey to overcome her weaknesses is satisfying.
A chance meeting with some elderly Quaker women helps her re-focus her life and attempt to discover her gifts and passions in life. Heather starts volunteering at a homeless shelter, and she feels God tugging at her heart to right the wrongs from her past. (WESTBOW, Feb., 320 pp., $14.99)