You should never judge a book by it's cover.
I got three new books to review in the mail a while ago and this book was among them. I put this one to the bottom of the pile - it just didn't strike me as something I really wanted to read. Just because of the cover.
Well - I am so glad I made it past the cover. This was one to the best books I have read in a long time!
The story follows Mary Bridget Washburn who is struggling to escape her life of crime. She leaves her "friends" and runs away to make a fresh start in a new town with a new name. Still her past always haunts her. Eventually, she ends up trying to help a family who is torn apart and struggling to hold on to their faith - but how can someone who has forgotten their faith help someone else with theirs? God has not forgotten any of them and it is amazing to read how He works to heal and restore the broken.
I loved reading every part of this book. The characters are wonderfully deep and I love how Nichols opens windows into their thoughts, even changing the wording of her narrative to match how her characters think. It deals with great themes of grace and mercy and giving your past to God so he can give you a future. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex beside you - I was crying and happy and sad parts!
Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book to review!