"I wish I had lived more of my life from where I am right now, looking back from the threshold of eternity."
Eternity was most definitely not the object of Claire Powell's focus at the moment, she was merely trying to survive while transitioning into a new life in a new house, halfway across the country from everything she once held dear. Still reeling from her husband Stephen's revelation of a whisper close affair, Claire wasn't sure she could manage anything anymore, much less breathing life back into an historic antebellum home in Atlanta, Georgia's prestigious Buckhead community . . . property her husband had purchased for them, sight unseen, incorrectly assuming that she would love the process. In spite of being an accomplished interior designer, Claire's heart wasn't in a home renovation, she craved a heart renovation . . . and one night, during a fit of uncontrollable frustration, the original owner of Gardenia Blossom Trace introduces herself to Claire . . . . through the pages of a journal.
Was what His Word said true? . . . "We put our hope in the Lord . . . He is our help and our shield." Claire desperately needed hope, she needed help, she needed to be able to sing with her whole heart, "in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus. . ."
Written with depth and intensity, this emotional story weeps with love, loss, cruelty, tragedy, and the absolute certainty that second chances are part and parcel of a "million little choices", starting with . . . "In that moment, I knew I could trust the Lord in what He was leading me to do. Not because he guaranteed the outcome I wanted, but because I knew he would never leave me or forsake me. No matter what."
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Sometimes secrets just won’t stay hidden . . .
Now from USA Today bestselling author and Christy Award Hall of Fame inductee Tamera Alexander comes the story of two women from different centuries living in the same house who share strikingly similar journeys.
Claire Powell’s life is turned upside down when her beloved husband admits to a “near affair.” But when Stephen accepts a partnership with an Atlanta law firm without consulting her and buys a historic Southern home sight-unseen—it pushes their already-fractured marriage to the breaking point. Claire’s world spirals, and she soon finds herself in a marriage she no longer wants, in a house she never asked for.
In 1863, Charlotte Thursmann, pregnant and trapped in a marriage to an abusive husband, struggles to protect her unborn child and the enslaved members of her household. Desperate, she’s determined to right the evils her husband and others like him commit. But how can one woman put an end to such injustice? Especially if her husband makes good on his threat to kill her?
Both Claire and Charlotte discover truths about themselves they never realized, along with secrets long hidden that hold the power to bring God’s restoration—if only they choose to let it.
This Southern historical fiction novel includes:
-Thought-provoking treatment of the themes of difficult relationships, infidelity, forgiveness, and trust
-Discussion questions—you’re all set for book club!