This novel by Francine Rivers explores the relationship between Alex and Sierra Madrid. After ten years of marriage in the small town where they both grew up, their marriage is put to the test when Alex accepts a new job in Los Angeles. Rivers does not shrink from exploring the difficult issues that face the Madrids as a result of their own choices. But she is very clear on how God redeems those choices and brings beauty from the ashes.
Intertwined with the story of the Madrids is the story of Sierra's ancestor, Mary Kathryn McMurray. Mary Kathryn faced similar experiences and trials, and through reading her journal, Sierra is able to experience the love of God in a much deeper way.
Overall, this was a great read with a lot of depth to the story and the characters. Definitely recommend!
This was a very enjoyable book to read. I truly could relate to circumstances in Sierra's life and it became very clear why. In a relationship there are often many differences, priorities, and selfish acts that cause disagreements and heartache. Realizing God is in control and trusting that He will provide our every need, frees us from feeling we have to fix everything. If Jesus is the center of our lives and we seek answers through His word, we will find peace and trust, relaxing the worries that plague us and take up so much of our time.