Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.
Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?
Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she’s not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.
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My Thoughts: Why can't Gracie be good enough? Why does Carmen have to be so perfect? How long can they both keep pretending they are okay? Will everything work out okay, or will it all come crashing down?
Words can not describe how much I loved this book. From the very beginning I felt drawn to each character. I needed to know more about Gracie and Carmen. I had to know the ending to the story. I couldn't put this book down. The realness of each character made it hard to remember I was reading a book. This book touched my heart in so many ways I can't even describe. The raw and gritty test of faith was real and emotional. I really felt as if I was watching somebody's life behind the scenes. Katie is an excellent writer and I can't wait to read more from her. Read this book and share it with someone else. You won't regret it!
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