Sadie is feeling unappreciated. Her husband has been spending more time at work, her teenage children don't really need her anymore and her father is spiraling out of control. Her new job as cemetery superintendent isn't fulfilling and, worst of all, she can't get over the pain of a miscarriage months ago. Sadie believes that learning more about the mother who abandoned her family when she was young is the only thing that will help her understand herself.

Jones beautifully conveys a range of emotions, from the depth of despair to the pinnacle of joy. Although disjointed at first, the plot comes together, and by the end readers will nod their heads with empathy toward characters who seem like real people. Throughout the novel, compassion and family bonds bring hope, and God's love is shown to shine through even the darkest of circumstances. (Dec., 320 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel