Two different settings and time periods (France and America/contemporary times and World War II); warm, conflicted characters; and strong messages of love, hope and forgiveness make this a must-read book. Subplots move the story along quickly, and all the stories are connected by a faith thread.

When teenage Emile's mother takes him to her mother's home in America, he's upset about leaving his beloved France. If it weren't for his grandmother's strong faith, Emile might have been stuck in his angst forever.

Emile's journey in America is difficult and his life is pain-filled, but he learns that some have it worse, and that love can heal. Will he be able to forgive and love in this new world of uncertainty? (Bethany House, Oct., 432 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Linda Mae Baldwin