Samson’s latest novel is filled with deep insights and amazing family interactions. Her gift for creating unique, flawed characters elevates this book above others. Each line has so much truth, and readers will likely ponder different passages long after finishing.
Sarah and her husband own a graphic design and printing business. Their lives hum along, with nothing out of the ordinary. Then Sarah’s Aunt Bel arrives. She left the U.S. for a mission trip to Kazakhstan 15 years ago, and no one heard much from her after that. Bel has scars — both inside and outside — and Sarah knows she needs to reach out to help her, but Bel will help Sarah as well. (Thomas Nelson, Feb., 320 pp., $15.99)