Tuesday, September 2, 2014


When her aunt shows up homeless on her doorstep, Sara suspects anything but a miracle.

Sara’s an artist with a supportive husband and a house that folks on her block admire outright. But she’s restless and bored with life.

Then her legendary Aunt Bel shows up, wearing a smile after years without a word.

Twenty years ago, fresh out of college, Bel left for a summer missions trip and never returned. Now she’s on Sara’s doorstep, looking for a place to crash. Sara can’t say no to family, even if she hasn’t seen Bel since she was a nine-year-old girl. But saying yes to Bel turns Sara’s whole precariously-balanced life upside down.

The enigmatic Bel gives Sara’s family and their community a jolt of fresh thinking and clarity.

But Bel is hiding something. Though she won’t talk about it, Sara soon learns that Bel has been through a hellish ordeal. And she has the burn marks to prove it.

My thoughts...

Another outstanding novel from Lisa Samson! The story of successful graphic designer, Sara Drexel, who happens to be caught up in reuniting her mother and aunt. Sara's mother is eccentric, she lives on a tent farm, and is estranged from her missionary sister, Bel. When Bel returns to the US she moves in with Sara and her husband. As secrets are uncovered lives change.

I make sure to read every book Lisa writes and I've not been disappointed. This is one of my favorites, told so well with the right amount of drama and secrets. A perfect ending to a wonderful story.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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