Amanda Janvier and husband Neil take motherless niece Tally into their seemingly storybook life, all the while refusing to acknowledge that their son Chase is haunted by memories of the horrific house fire no one talks about. Secrets of the past can’t stay hidden forever behind their white picket fence.
Susan Meissner cannot remember a time when she wasn’t driven to put her thoughts down on paper. Her novel The Shape of Mercy was a Publishers Weekly pick for best religious fiction of 2008 and a Christian Book Award finalist. Susan and her husband live in Southern California, where he is a pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves. They are the parents of four grown children.
This was a really fascinating book. I so appreciated the steering away from the stereotypical casting of teen that has suffered loss and lived a life that is not 'the norm'. More often than not, these characters (and their real-life counterparts) tend to get the short end of the stick. They are labeled 'troubled', 'rebellious', 'anti-social', and typcially are involved in any number of 'unsavory' activities. I applaud Ms. Meissner for not taking the 'easy route' with the character of Tally.
There are multiple stories going on throughout the whole book. The interweave so well, and keep you turning the pages as you cheer for each character. This book deals with hard decisions, real-life temptations, and healing. You won't be disappointed!
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