Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?
What an emotional, heartbreaking, excruciatingly beautiful story.
Two stories are told in this book: Carmen and Gracie, two sisters who couldn't be more different if they tried. These two characters were amazing to read about, both of them deep and wounded and craving love. It was so fun to tag along in their lives. I loved their independent and unique points of view and the beautiful restorations they receive in this book.
Just from reading the back cover, I knew this story was going to be an emotional roller coaster and it didn't disappoint. I laughed, I cried, my heart squeezed for these characters, and soared with joy for them.
This is one of those books where you need a few hours, or maybe a few days, to recover from, but not in a bad way. More of a "Holy cow, I can't believe these people aren't real and sitting in my living room" kind of way. I am a huge fan of Katie's writing and, in my opinion, this is her best book yet.
5 stars for a truly magnificent masterpiece!
(I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.)