Life has had far too many ups and downs for such a young woman.
As a child she and Ethan lived in foster homes with time off to be returned home now and then when their parents were released from rehab or jail. And now, she just wants to live quietly, join the church and marry Daniel. The past, however, has a way of stirring things up. For Charlotte, the past included a sister she hadn't thought of for a very long time. As a baby, Charlotte's sister Andrea was also placed in foster care but never saw her family again. Until, that is, when she tracked Charlotte down at their mother's funeral. It didn't take long for her to get herself moved in with Charlotte, along with her baby. For Charlotte, having her family near was a blessing and she was determined to make them a home together.
In the beginning, it seems the book is about Charlotte and Daniel's love for each other. It is more than that, however, as three families grapple with love, death, illness and how difficult it is to understand God's will under the modern marvels of medicine. The questions Beth Wiseman raises in this novel are complex. I liked how the decisions were made. Sometimes we need someone to nearly hit us with a two by four to wake us up about putting others needs before our desires.
Daniel family struggles with major family decisions. He loves Charlotte but is pulling away from her. Charlotte's beloved friend and motherly mentor Lena faces yet another bout of breast cancer. Andrea is slowly learning from Charlotte's love that life can be different. So many trials are faced in this book yet through it all. Is there enough faith and love for Charlotte and her Daniel to marry? This book is for readers who are looking for characters who are resilient and not willing to give up when life gets hard. Once again, Beth Wiseman has delivered!