Although this is the first novel in a
new series, it continues the saga of the Baxter family and the people closest to them. Some heart-wrenching moments focusing on drinking and driving offer
a powerful lesson, and Dayne and Katy's continuing relationship is meaningful and uplifting, providing some lighter moments. Readers unfamiliar with Kingsbury's previous books may find the number of characters daunting.
Katy has her own dilemmas, including the pursuit of a possible acting career and the fate of the Christian children's theater. In Jim Flanigan's family, Cody drinks too much alcohol and ends up in the hospital. Will the football team learn from Cody's mistakes? (TYNDALE, May, 350 pp., $13.99)