Pittman beautifully articulates the depths of despair and hopelessness that often arrive with disappointment and loss. Her knowledge of history combined with the human component of injustice and suffering is what makes this sequel to Ten Thousand Charms so engaging and compelling. The ultimate message of God's love and redemption leaves the reader uplifted and encouraged.

At the tender age of 6 homeless and abandoned Kassandra experiences a terrible accident that leaves her burned and possibly blind. Through the efforts of Reverend Joseph and his housekeeper Clara, she is restored to health and discovers love and security. As Kassandra grows older she falls in love with Ben Conner, who shows contempt for the reverend. When tragedy strikes, Kassandra makes a life-altering decision and leaves with Ben. By the time Kassandra realizes her mistake, she discovers that she is pregnant and is ashamed to return to Reverend Joseph. A series of setbacks will lead her to a life of prostitution and ultimately to live in Wyoming where a group of women will show Kassandra that God can use anyone to speak his truth of healing and redemption. (Multnomah, Apr., 400 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Reyes