This author might be a new favorite. This is his first novel for adults and it is a good one. Will is determined to start his life over after getting out of prison in the only place he calls home but the town isn't forgiving. He is also determined to persue the only woman he has ever loved but Karin is determined to be faithful to her emotionally distant husband. Ruthie is an old woman who decides that the past shall not lay in the past but all shall be brought to the light so that Will and Karin can have a future. This book will surprise you, it has a twist I never saw coming. "Life isn't pretty, so you've got to hug the ugly out of it." It takes a lot sometimes to find the good in life and its troubles, but it's there if your willing to try. "Good things can come from pain." Healing comes from pain and strength you might have never known. "Most people think the struggle means failure. It's actually the best thing that could happen. That struggle will pull you out on the other side a lot stronger, a lot deeper." It's hard and it's good. I'm currently learning this. Don't struggle against the trial but sit in it, learn what God is teaching you and thank Him for the beauty you do find in the midst of it. The struggle is important, it shapes us. "When you surround yourself with good people, it doesn't really matter where you are." The people matter not the place, that is why home is where our heart is, with the people we love. I highly recommend this book. It will surprise, encourage and entertain you. The ending is the best.