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In this moving new novel by critically acclaimed author Susan Meissner, readers will once again delight in the masterful storytelling that resulted in the author's A Window to the World (2005) being named among the top ten Christian novels of the year by Booklist Magazine. Left standing at the altar, Daisy Murien, a wounded but hopeful romantic, opens a secondhand wedding dress boutique, hoping to soothe her broken heart while giving doomed wedding dresses a second chance at love. Her predictable days take a sharp turn, though, when the retired Episcopal priest who blesses the tiny, blue satin heart she sews into each dress falls ill. When the priest's brooding and recently divorced son arrives with plans to take his ailing father away, a contest of wills begins between two stubborn-and hurting-souls. While fighting to keep Father Laurent close by, Daisy finally begins to understand why she has routinely convinced potential buyers not to buy the one gown that started her business-her own: She doesn't want to give up on the dream of a fairytale romance. This compelling story is about the magnificence of unconditional love and God's impeccable timing in bringing it about. "Susan Meissner's strength is making characters so real, you root for them as you welcome them into your life." -Mary E. DeMuth, author of Wishing on Dandelions and Watching the Tree Limbs
A baby is found abandoned... ...and the effect on attorney and mother Rachael Flynn is profound. Marcie, the infant's young mother with a history of drug abuse, is the chief suspect. Marcie insists she's innocent and demands that Leo, her baby son, be returned to her. But Marcie's mother and sister say otherwise. When baby Leo is found missing a second time, the evidence against Marcie seems overwhelming. But relying on her own motherly intuition- and a faith that God is using her to resolve this puzzling case-Rachael chooses to believe Marcie's story and digs for the truth of what really happened...and who is responsible.
Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter. Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother's house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg's long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold. When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents' divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. When Sophia, Meg, and Nora's stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissance isn't just a word? What if that's what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn't what has to be?
From the back book cover "The danger and beauty of invisible wounds is that everyone thinks you're fine" Tes Longren is 28. After a nomadic upbringing with a military father, she's finally put down roots in Chicago. The man she loves has asked her to marry him. She likes her job dressing rich women and skinny mannequins at an upscale boutique. Life is good. Or, it should be. But her mother's long-ago death shapes and shadows Tess' present. When Blair Holbrook, a childhood friend, asks Tess to help her rectify an old wrong by accompanying her to the Arkansas town where they met, Tess grasps at the chance to find peace for herself. Resolving someone else's regrets proves no balm for her own, though, and Tess must find another remedy-one that comes from a most unexpected source. powerful story of forgiveness from the author of Why the Sky Is Blue and A Window to the World.
A check for $50,000, an accident long ago, a disappearance, and a family trying to mend from pain of the past come together in this novel of hope and forgiveness.
We understand what we want to understand. Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family's expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials. Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy's story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail. The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?
Lauren, a college student, helps Abigail Boyles, an 80-year-old recluse, transcribe the diary of Abigail's ancestral cousin, Mercy Hayworth--who was hanged for witchcraft. As secrets unfold, the extent to which the lives of these three women are connected comes to light, and both Lauren and Abigail find the very way they view the world irrevocably changed.
A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss.As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn't believe that Susannah's ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband's home, it isn't long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.With Adelaide's richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak-- and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love. From the Trade Paperback edition.
"They're going to find a body at the #11;River Ten-ace construction site. He deserved what he got, but it wasn't #11;supposed to happen. It was an accident." Lawyer Rachael Flynn has only been at her new job in the Ramsey County attorney's office for four months when she receives an unsigned letter with the startling message. Two days later the predicted body is found, but to everyone's astonishment, the remains have been buried for at least 20 years. When the body is identified as that of a 15-year-old boy the police begin to dig for clues. Rachael continues to receive anonymous notes... and the questions keep coming... Was it really an accident, or was it murder? Why has it taken so many year for this story to come to light? And why did the young man "deserve" to die? As Rachael searches out the identity of the writer, she finds herself drawn to the neighborhood where the body was found-and to an abandoned house that no longer exists, but seems to call out to her
When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year-old niece Tally. The girl is practically an orphan: motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands- in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm-and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a "normal" life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Chase Janvier hasn't seen his cousin in years, and other than a vague curiosity about her strange life, he doesn't expect her arrival will affect him much-or interfere with his growing, disturbing interest in a long-ago house fire that plagues his dreams unbeknownst to anyone else. Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won't make them go away. Will Tally's presence blow apart their carefully-constructed world, knocking down the illusion of the white picket fence and reveal a hidden past that could destroy them all-or can she help them find the truth without losing each other?
Claire and Dan are happy parents of two, until the night Claire is attacked---and becomes pregnant. While she's struggling to trust God "in all things," Dan confesses his unwillingness to be a father to this baby. They agree to pursue adoption, but what happens 16 years later . . . when the relinquished child returns? 325 pages, softcover from Harvest.
From the back book cover: "He has confessed to murder, Rachael! He told the police he killed someone!" When attorney Rachael Flynn's mother calls her with the news that her ministry-minded brother has been arrested, Rachael at first takes it in stride. After all, Josh has been arrested before for blocking entry to abortion clinics, resisting arrest, obstructing the legal process, interfering with police procedure, trespassing, breaking and entering, loitering, making false statements to the police... But this time the charge is murder, and Joshua has confessed to the crime. Rachael, certain that her brother can't be guilty, begs him to let her represent him but Joshua refuses her offer of counsel. As Rachael works the case on her own, she begins to suspect that Josh knows who the real killer is, but she's unable to get him to cooperate with his defense. Why won't he talk to her? What is Josh hiding? When Rachael asks her husband, Trace, and his fellow artists to sketch the scene of the crime as they see it, a new piece of the puzzle becomes apparent. . . a piece that ultimately leads to the truth that has eluded the police. . .and Rachael. "A powerful story of family and faith, wrapped in a mystery that touches the deep corners of the heart. Susan Meissner writes with a sure hand, and this book will make her many new fans." JAMES SCOTT BELL, best-selling author of Presumed Guilty
Seven-year-old Megan and Jen are inseparable---until one of them is snatched away by kidnappers while the other watches helplessly in horror. Will they ever see each other again? Then 16 years later, the shocking truth of the disappearance comes to light, and lives are changed forever. A powerful testament to God's ability to "work all things for the good." 320 pages, softcover from Harvest.
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