As their 25th anniversary approaches, Corrie Braydon surprises her husband, Sam, with an ultimatum: Either they renew their vows and begin their marriage over again or get a divorce.

Sam is flabbergasted; he and Corrie have been through so much together, and he can't imagine life without her. Throughout the joys of births and the sorrows of deaths, financial successes and failures—as well as natural and man-made disasters—they've shared it all. Why does she need proof now that he really wants to be with her?

Morsi's latest is a sweeping story with larger-than-life characters and conflict; her attention to details and emotional nuances is quite impressive. A less talented writer could never have told this tale, much less made it so believable. (Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer