LaVyrle Spencer explores the true meaning of unconditional love in this powerful New York Times bestseller.
High school principal Tom Gardner feels a sense of shock when he sees Kent Arens, a new transfer student. With one glance, Tom can see that this teenager is the son he never knew he had-the result of a one-night stand on the eve of his wedding years before, now grown into an intelligent, athletic, and polite young man. But the boy's presence has a devastating effect on Tom's family.
As the Gardners careen toward disaster, they test the foundation of trust and respect that their family was built on-and learn that love leaves no choice but forgiveness.
Can love survive a shattering loss? A grief-stricken widower learns to open his heart again in this touching and emotionally charged novel...
Late summer, Browerville, Minnesota, 1950: Life is just about perfect for Eddie Olczak. A devoted husband and father, a man of unshakable faith, he derives intense pleasure from the life he's built with his beloved wife, Krystyna, and their two daughters, and from his work as dedicated handyman for St. Joseph's, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville. But when a tragic accident cuts Krystyna's life short, Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever.
As friends and relatives rally around the family in the dark days that follow, there is one person who is unable to express what the loss of Krystyna means to her. Sister Regina, the girls' teacher at St. Joseph's school, has always felt a special affinity for the family. Yet her religious vows prevent her from becoming too close to them, even in their time of need. Now, the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning, chafe at her.
As Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths, they realize there is something between them-'a connection that somehow goes beyond their shared love of Krystyna and the girls. Thrilled-'and secretly frightened-'they both must summon the courage to look within their hearts and make their own choices.
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New York Times bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer presents one of her most beautiful and captivating novels--a powerful story of the human heart you will never forget Five long years ago, Laura Dalton stood on the bleak Nantucket shore waiting for her beloved husband Rye to return--until the day she learned his ship was lost at sea. Now, Lauras lonely heart has found solace in Dan, Ryes closest friend.
Dan has been a beacon of light in her time of darkness, becoming a father to the child that Rye never knew and giving her a reason to live again. But who could foretell that a wind-roughened sailor with sun-bleached hair would come back into their lives? That Lauras heart could betray her soul? That Rye would come home again