From the Back Cover
“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.
About the Author
Judy Alexander holds an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Irvine, and she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in social ecology. She currently works part-time as a Web-content and newsletter writer at a mortgage services company and also 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. (http://www.thecommunityinc.com), Scribbling Towards Forgiveness, Creative Roadblocks, Pacific Review, Pleiades Magazine, and Concho River Review.