“For Arcineh Bryant, living with her grandfather after losing her parents is the best thing that could happen. But as the years pass, something comes between them – something Arcineh can’t control. Feeling hurt and betrayed, Arcineh leaves as soon as she turns 18 to build a life for herself. Living with a girlfriend, she works hard and finds a sense of accomplishment in physical labor that she hadn’t known as the granddaughter of a Chicago business tycoon. Yet she carries a hole in her heart so big that nothing can fill it. She can’t see how her path will ever cross her grandfather’s again. Or how a change in her grandfather’s life will lead to a change in her own she never dreamed of – and to not one but two new loves.”
This was one of my favorite books when I first began to read Christian novels years ago. I don’t remember exactly why I liked it then but once I finished reading it the second time I discovered that even though I still really liked this book, it wasn’t really a favorite of mine anymore. When I read it the first time I was closer to Arcineh’s age when she was in school and I remember understanding and sympathizing with her emotions and actions. But this time I was a little annoyed with her. She never stood up for what she wanted. She basically let people walk over her and say whatever they wanted to since she never told anyone. I understand her desire not to want to compete for someone else’s attention, none of us should ever have to do that, but she should have at least stood up more and voiced her thoughts. A few years after living with a friend I did notice that she had grown up and matured a great deal. She learned that life wasn’t easy and sometimes the bad comes before the good and for it to be good you need to look at the bright side of things. I rejoiced with her when she discovered Jesus and let Him into her heart. Fiction or nonfiction, reading or hearing about someone finding Jesus and letting Him into their lives never gets boring. It’s uplifting and another way to strengthen our own faith in the Lord. I hope that you give this book a try and enjoy it as much as I did!