Palmer's love story revolves around an inner-city youth center called Haven. She's written a very believable set of circumstances that will give many youth directors and their students something to talk about and digest for their own lives. The author inspires readers to cling to faith and pray in all situations.

When a refugee family seeks shelter at Haven, former Marine Joshua Duff takes on the mission, and he recruits aid worker Liz Wallace to help. When it seems as if youth directors Sam and Terell may lose everything they've worked for because they allowed refugees to stay at the Haven temporarily, Joshua calls on his training and his faith to protect Liz and Haven. (STEEPLE HILL, May, 288 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Lindy J. Swanson