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An affluent, suburban community is rocked when a well-known resident is accused of child abuse.

But no one is rocked more that Sarah Laden.  The woman accused is her best friend.  If the accusation is true, what does this say about Sarah’s ability to judge people and make friends?  If it is false, what kind of friend is she if she lets her best friend become the town pariah?

The book deals with an extremely painful issue w/o resorting to tried clichés.

Katrina Kittle is one of my very favorite authors.

— Jill


A young widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life.

Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah's son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another—and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.

About the Author

Katrina Kittle is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, which received the Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Praise For…

“Kittle crafts a disturbing but compelling story line.... [A] gripping read.”
Publishers Weekly

“Thanks to the author’s exceptionally fluent narrative skill, [this] novel... becomes utterly compelling.... [A] heartbreaking story.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A moving novel.... Kittle’s clear prose gives a luminous quality to her story of thriving against the odds.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060564780
ISBN-10: 0060564784
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2007
Pages: 400
Language: English