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New York, NY : Dafina Books : Kensington Books, [2018]
198 pages ; 19 cm.
9781496715821 (hardcover)
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Mary Monroe is the third child of Alabama sharecroppers, and the first and only member of her family to finish high school. Mary never attended college or any writing classes. <p> Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985 and was widely reviewed throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. She is a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for her novel God Don't Like Ugly. She has just finished the fourth book in this series, God Ain't through Yet. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Beatrice seems to have everything: a happy, 20-year marriage; three independent adult children; and satisfying work as a full-time volunteer at a shelter. But every December she is reminded that she nearly died in a hit-and-run accident when she was young, and she wonders about the stranger who saved her life. Her melancholy is acute this time around, and Beatrice can see only problems in her life, from people canceling on social occasions to her husband falling asleep during their dates to her children telling her they want to keep their distance. Then she meets Charles at the shelter and learns that he is full of hope and determination despite a life of hardship and tragedy. Readers will think they know all the turns ahead for Beatrice, so they will be satisfied to find some surprises as Beatrice embraces positive changes and looks forward to Christmas. Best-selling Monroe (One House Over , 2018) gifts readers with a complex and appealing protagonist in this quick read with a thoughtful holiday message.--Amy Alessio Copyright 2018 Booklist
Charles thought he had it all - until a devastating betrayal and the shattering loss of his family drove him to living on the streets. Beatrice is the first person who's truly cared about him. And little by little, he's finding reasons to care about rebuilding his life - and risking a sudden, courageous choice... Drawn to Charles and the temptation of a second chance, Beatrice is faced with the hardest of decisions. But his insight, secrets - and the reminder of a profound past encounter - will give her unexpected inspiration, gratitude, and the strength she needs to find her way.
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