Sierra Clanton Madrid can't believe her husband Alex would take a new job and uproot the family to Los Angeles without consulting her. Armed with righteous anger, Sierra turns their home into a battleground, even after they make the move.

Alex chases success, both business and social, to compensate for his insecurities about his Hispanic immigrant roots. Both Alex and Sierra are so caught up in themselves that neither tries to understand the other or seeks God's will.

Soon their perfect marriage lies in shambles. Then Sierra's mother gives her the journal of a female ancestor and a handcrafted quilt made with a scarlet thread. A long-ago story of pain and redemption bears remarkable parallels to Sierra's situation. Will she learn her lesson before it's too late?

Rivers tells a powerful story of marital love tested in a crucible. Your hanky will not be dry, nor your heart unchallenged, as the characters learn the lessons of surrender to God's sovereignty and unconditional love. (Oct. '04, 496 pp., $13.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson