When a mysterious stranger appears at her door on her birthday and presents Velma with a special gift, she is rattled by the object's ability to take her into her memories--a place where Joe still lives, her son Rudy is still young, unaffected by the world's hardness, and the beginning is closer than the end. As secrets old and new come to light, Velma wonders if it's possible to be unmoored from the past's deep roots and find a reason to hope again.
While this book is an easy read and draws the reader into the activities of the characters, this reviewer would give a word of caution. This is a fictional book but not one I would recommend as Christian fiction, as it is in the same "spirit" as necromancy, which is dealing with the dead.
Author's Bio: RIVER JORDAN is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright whose unique mixture of southern and mystic writing has drawn comparisons to Sarah Addison Allen, Leif Enger, and Flannery O'Connor. Her previous works include The Messenger of Magnolia Street, lauded by Kirkus Reviews as "a beautifully written, atmospheric tale." She speaks around the country and makes her home in Nashville.