A vey emotional and intense story that really pulls at your heart and makes you look at your relationships with people and become aware of the pain that is often times behind the behavors of others we love.
Gave up after 100 pages, just too boring and too much descriptions and just not interesting enough to me
Celia'mother never accepted her...The beautiful sidewalk art 6 year old Celia made for her mother recieved only anger in return. At 35 she must return home to care for her father after a stroke. But the real healing lies betweem mother and daughter. God can provide the healing but first Celia and Mama must let go of the past.
Very good book. Enjoyed. Not like her other books but just as good.
In this excellent novel for the inspirational market, Collins uses her talent for suspense (Eyes of Elisha) in a more memoirlike tale that flashes back and forth between the 1960s and the 1990s as it explores a mother/daughter relationship. As the story opens, we find that 35-year-old Celia Matthews left home 17 years before, sure that it was her harsh words that drove her little brother, Kevy, from the house and prompted his bicycle accident. Wracked with guilt, embittered toward her mother and conflicted about her botched romance with Danny Cander, Celia shook the dust of small-town Bradleyville, Ky., off her feet and crafted a life for herself as an account executive in Little Rock, Ark. But her lack of mother-love isn't shaken off so easily. She bobs in and out of several relationships, losing her faith and emotionally treading water. Only when her father has a stroke and her mother pleads for help are the wheels of reconciliation set in motion. The story is beautifully written and the characters (whom readers will recognize from Collins's related stand-alone novel Cast a Road Before Me) are well developed, although the pacing drags in spots. The reason for Celia's lack of mother-love is not explained as neatly as might be wished; conversely, the conclusion is like a fairy tale, a contrivance that readers, depending on their tastes, may appreciate or find disappointing in. Overall, this novel exemplifies how Christian fiction is finally coming of age.