Nichols' richly detailed plot and complex characters are a stunning combination. Every page contains nuggets of God's truth and love. Miranda, Joseph, Eden and Ruth are so intricately created that they feel like real people. Overall themes of forgiveness and finding what "Eden" means to each of us provide much room for contemplation and thought. This is a book for the keeper shelf.

Miranda has never been able to stay in one place for long. She attributes much of her pain to her distant mother and the baby she was forced to give up when she was a teen. After her mother's death, Miranda decides to find the child.

Joseph is a small-town cop unable to forgive a betrayal by his brother and sister-in-law, David and Sarah. When David is seriously injured in an accident, Joseph and their mother, Ruth, step in to help care for David's 11-year-old daughter, Eden. Add Miranda's quest to these personalities and you can expect some explosive results. (BETHANY HOUSE, Feb., 400 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel