Life has not been easy for our main character, Kelli Huddleston. As the book opens, her honesty sees her lose her job. This after her father and step-mother have just died in an accident. She then learns that the family she thought died many years earlier, is actually alive, and it is she they think died years ago.
Needing to learn about the father’s past life, she heads across the county to the town they live in, and tries to keep a low profile. She quickly finds a job, meets her mother and sister (but tells them nothing), and finds an apartment to live. The reader is drawn into the dual life she is trying to live in a town where people think she looks like someone they knew a long time ago, and we warm to the caring relationship that develops between Kelli and her sister Beth.
When more information arrives from an unexpected source, Kelli learns that the life she knew and the past she thought was true, were not the case at all. Then, a trusted part of her new life shares that they know exactly who she is – her plans fall apart.
I was most taken with the scene where she is learning a new song to be able to sing confidently along with the congregation in church (what a great idea for people who are not used to our repertoire). Kelli doesn’t understand the concept in the words, but finds herself so moved, that it opens an opportunity for the truth of the Gospel to be shared.
I liked that this book didn’t feel like a formula was being followed. I was engaged in Kelli’s quest all the way along, and found the last half of the book hard to put down – truly the mark of a well written story for me.
I am thankful that this book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.