Bethany Quinn is an architect in Chicago trying to forget her unhappy childhood in a small town in rural Iowa. God, however, has other plans. Tragedy brings her back to her hometown... and God proceeds to strip away her reasons to leave. This book has poignant themes of grief, friendship, forgiveness, and the power of the past and simple things. Bethany discovers that sometimes it's from our suffering and sorrow that true beauty is born.
I adored this book. I found myself in tears at time. I ached with the characters. Ganshert is extremely talented. I think she captured the knife edge of grief, the piling up of sorrows so well! I found myself remembering similar times in my own life and the lives of my loved ones. In addition to being a literary novel, there is also a romance blossoming on these pages. New life is discovered from death, and there is hope and a reason to live.
I'm choosing not to reveal more because I don't want to ruin this book for you, which you absolutely should read!
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my unbiased review.