Both main characters in this poignant novel are tormented by pain and loss. Having built walls to protect their fractured lives, both Rena and Cody shy away from any form of commitment. Shame, guilt, fear and loss follow Rena. Cody is broken by loss. Rena's broken family ties and the anguish from former tragedies haunt her. Cody's devotion and involvement with his family and his faith are what keep him putting one foot in front of the other.
In this poignant novel Mary Manners has created two shattered individuals and developed their characters through various stages of grief, fear of commitment and brokenness toward healing. The author writes with empathy, compassion and sensitivity, and weaves the threads of loss and torment into a tapestry of healing elements. Faith, trust and forgiveness are presented with integrity and credibility. I found this book to be emotionally charged and very inspiring!
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