ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.
A winner of Associated Press awards for her reporting, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine’s WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press. She now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives with her family in upstate New York, where she is at work on her second novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK
After her mother’s death and her father’s abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.
In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast–and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father’s will stipulates a six-month stay before she can recieve the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?
A story of grace, of God’s never-ceasing love and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purpose to pass.
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This was another great book. I have read lots of books in my life - and some you feel like you have read before. Different author, different characters - but the same story line. Once you get into the book you feel like you could set it down and finish writing it because you've read that particular story a number of times. You know what I mean?? Well, this book was new - at least to me. When I finished reading it - I truly thought - 'there may be nothing new under the sun, Lord - but this story certainly comes very close'. It is a story of hope, forgiveness, and redemption - but not necessarily always in that order. I saw a bit of myself in Sarah - though are pasts are quite different and yet not that different at all. I didn't want to put this one down, and at the same time, didn't want the story to end. I can tell you - I'm richer for having read this story, and no, I couldn't have finished writing this one with any accuracy. I look forward to more books from this author!!