Ex-prostitute Hope Benson runs a women's shelter in San Francisco, but the poor condition of the building means Casa de Jesus will be shut down if they don't find a major sponsor soon. Andy Taylor loves rural life and her profitable lavender product business, but her husband's career ambitions force a move to California, and she can't understand God's purpose in disrupting her life.

Julia Collins, a successful Kansas City attorney, searches for her teenage granddaughter on the mean streets of San Francisco. And a wealthy widow, Clarice Van Dam, finds herself abandoned, broke and stranded in a strange city by a gigolo con artist. When this unlikely foursome is drawn together at a market held in the mission's parking lot, they form a Girl Squad of prayers who look to God for miracles. Answers pop up in amazing and unexpected ways.

Snelling pens a delight of a read, engrossing from first page to last. Each characters possesses compelling depth, though a minor character drops out early and leaves a loose end at the wrap-up. (Sep., 384 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson