Baker & Taylor
Living with her son, Mahlon, and daughter-in-law, Ruth, since the death of her husband years earlier, seventysomething Naomi faces a new tragedy when Mahlon is killed in an untimely accident, turning Naomi's and Ruth's world upside down and sending them on a painful but uplifting journey of reconciliation, love, transgressions, and forgiveness. 65,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
During a cold Massachusetts winter, a man's car fatally skids on black ice, leaving a mother childless and her daughter-in-law a widow. Naomi and Ruth, bound together as kin, are now each other's only comfort. Naomi lost her own husband, Eli, eight years ago, and now she has lost her son.
Watching Ruth struggle through grief, Naomi suddenly realizes what she must do to make herself whole again: She must return to her childhood home in coastal South Carolina. There, she remembers, was the innocence of youth and first falling in love. But when she tells Ruth about her plan, she receives an unexpected reply: "Where you go, I will go. Where you live, that's where I'll live too." So the two women plan the journey together.
The only family Naomi has down South are in-laws, people she hasn't seen in decades, having kept in touch over the years only through annual Christmas cards. But when she phones, apprehensively, to tell them of her plan, they welcome her with openness and warmth. Arriving at a home full of sons and daughters and grandchildren, Naomi and Ruth are flooded with a love they are nearly too fragile to accept.
Yet Naomi carries a deep secret in her soul - and not even this change of scenery can erase its dark shadow. As the long Southern days seep into their hearts, both she and Ruth begin to find themselves reawakened. And as the love of her newfound family and her enduring bond with Ruth prove themselves stronger than sin, stronger than heartache, redemption finds Naomi once and for all.
Living with her son, Mahlon, and daughter-in-law, Ruth, since the death of her husband, Naomi faces a new tragedy when Mahlon is killed in an accident, sending Naomi and Ruth on a painful journey of reconciliation and forgiveness.