11. Margaret reveals some surprising insights into her background to Val and Karen. Do you think her experiences credibly explain the woman she became? What might her husband have seen in her that no one else saw?
12. Both Scott and Val have fallen away from their faith. What prompts them to reconnect with God? If you had a friend in their position, what might you do to help them find their way back to the Lord?
13. At one point, Karen says she thought acquiescence was the secret to winning approval—and love. But in the end she became a doormat. Is it possible to be assertive and loving at the same time? If so, how?
14. Karen and Scott get off to a rough start. What happens to change her mind about him?
15. David isn’t interested in a summertime romance, and Val doesn’t think a man like David could ever love her. What happens to give their relationship long-term potential?
16. Val and Karen have to cope with a very difficult mother. In their situation, how would you have dealt with Margaret—or would you even have tried?
17. Val presents a confident, in-control image to the world—but it’s a sham. Do we all sometimes try to present an image to the world that doesn’t reflect who we really are? Why? Is this ever a good thing to do? If so, give an example.
18. Karen takes a leap of faith when she agrees to sing a solo at the benefit. What gave her the courage to do this?
19. All of the characters in this book are on a journey. Whose journey did you think was the most difficult? Why?
20. Val struggles to forgive herself during the course of this story. Do you think it’s easier to forgive others or ourselves? Why?
21. Why does helping Steven and Karen have such a big impact on Scott?
22. Were you surprised when Karen agreed to Michael’s request near the end of the book? Why or why not? What would you have done in her place?