Sela and Rodney's marriage has been solid for 20 years. Their six children adore them, and Rodney has built a successful business. But his parents cannot accept that African-American Sela married their white son. They blame Sela for Rodney dropping out of college when Sela got pregnant.

Then Rodney becomes seriously ill. His last wish is that Sela and his parents reconcile. Yet things get worse instead of better, and Sela finds it difficult to move through her grief, much less mend fences with Rodney's parents.

Thomas tackles the tough subject of grief and reconciliation with grace. Characters come alive, especially Sela, whose palpable emotions will evoke empathy. Strong spiritual truths never get in the way of humanity, which makes every situation realistic. This is a novel to savor. (Jan., 304 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel