Pearsons excellent characters and plotting capture the complexity and beauty of family. . . . Pearson rises to another level with this excellent story. Publishers Weekly starred review
When the man she loved years ago returns to town, one young womans complicated past rises again, threatening to expose her well-kept secrets.
If Maxine could put her finger on the moment when her life went into a tailspin, she would point back twenty years to the day her daddy died. She tells herself hes the only person who ever really knew and loved her, and if he hadnt left her behind, her future wouldve taken a different path. No absentee mother, no stepfather, no rebellious ripping and running during her teenage years. And no JD, who gave her wandering young heart a home, at least for a time.
But thats over and done with. All grown-up now, Maxine has pledged her heart and ring finger to Theodore Charles, the man shell promise to love, honor, and obey in front of God and everybody. At least thats what shes telling anybody who will listen. The only folks buying it are the dog and the readers of her column, however. Her best friend and family arent having itnot even Celeste, the double bassplaying thirteen-year-old the community of Mount Laurel, North Carolina, believes is Maxines adopted sister. And apparently, neither is the newly returned JD, who seems intent on toppling Maxines reconstructed life. As her wedding day marches ever closer, Maxine confronts what it means to be really known and loved by examining whats buried in her own heart and exposing truth that has never seen the light of day.
A Christian fiction novel with a poignant story of romance, a search for truth, and a journey to redemption. For fans of Chris Fabry, Lauren Denton, and Charles Martin.