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“It’s not like gravity suddenly loses its grip and you float upward. You don’t follow a beam of light up, up into heaven. It’s not like that at all. You walk to the edge of a cliff, turn your back, close your eyes, and lean your head and shoulders out so far your legs can’t keep your balance and you fall down, down, down. I know Jesus will catch me. But I still can’t do it. Not yet.”
To distract herself from the pain of her failed marriage, Laurelle, the mother of five-year-old twins, decides to visit a dying, homebound member of her church. Despite running two plant-care businesses and being reluctant to open herself up to this peculiar older woman, Laurelle continues to visit and hears fascinating stories from Rhoda’s colorful and heartbreaking past in Depression-era Texas and Calexico, California.
Laurelle grows to trust Rhoda and adapts her quiet strength as Laurelle struggles to be a good mom to her son and daughter, determines what role their father should play in their lives, and wonders whether she could have a healthy relationship with another man.
Internally broken yet determined to be strong, Laurelle searches for truth and healing through Rhoda’s stories and her own daily life, and tries to find a way to love others truly, deeply, and without restraint. Laurelle and Rhoda both learn that while life can be hard and disappointing, to hope is a decision.
Judy Alexander works as a freelance writer and photographer and teaches a public relations course as an adjunct professor at Concordia University in Irvine, California. Her essays and fiction have been published in The Community Inc., Pacific Review, Pleiades Magazine, and Concho River Review. The mother of two sons, she lives in Santa Ana, California.
Another one I could not finish. The main character was dreadful & I could not relate to her.Published 8 months ago by Kathy Clark
I have mixed feelings about this book. I finished it, because I wanted to see how it would end, and then the end just was. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good story overall. I thought it almost just stopped without finishing some of the issues faced by the main characters. Perhaps Ms Alexander is contemplating a sequel... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Beth Erickson
Loved this - especially the stories from Rhoda. There's lots to be learned from the past trials of self and others.Published 10 months ago by Bonnie Myers