Julia prizes her quiet life as a professor in the small South Carolina college. It's the perfect place to escape her painful past---and avoid family and old friends. But suddenly Carmen, a free-spirited niece she's never met, calls her and proposes a get-to-know-you sightseeing trip. Julia isn't sure. Will the journey lead to more heartache---or redemption?
The first step to letting go of the past is forgiving it…
Every day of her life Julia Rich lives with the memory of a horrible accident she caused long ago. In the years since, she has tried to hide her guilt in the quiet routine of teaching at a small South Carolina college, avoiding close relationships with family and would-be friends. But one day a phone call from Carmen, a niece she has never met, disrupts her carefully controlled world.
Carmen is a study in contrasts—comical yet wise, sunny yet contemplative, soft yet assertive. As she sets about gently drawing Julia from her self-imposed solitude into a place of hope, she also seeks her own peace for past mistakes.
Together, the two women embark on a journey that takes Julia far from the familiar comfort of home and gives Carmen the courage to open her heart. Together, their sightseeing trip turns into a discovery of truth, grace, redemption, and, finally, love…
Jamie Langston Turner is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Sometimes a Light Surprises, Winter Birds, and Some Wildflower in my Heart, and has been a teacher for more than forty years. She is currently a professor of poetry and creative writing at Bob Jones University. Jamie lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband.
Praise for the novels of Jamie Langston Turner
“Beautiful writing full of wisdom…and stylistic elegance.”—Blog Critics
“Memorable and inspiring.”—Publishers Weekly
"[Turner] writes with elegant precision."—Touchstone
"The always-thoughtful Turner turns in another solid performance...Charming throughout."—Booklist