“A quietly astonishing work of art.” – Starred, Quill & Quire
In the midst of a heaven-rattling summer storm a young stranger blows into a small prairie town. On the run after taking her latest boyfriend’s truck, with a pocketful of stolen money and a heart full of pain, seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall seems to invite trouble. And trouble comes soon enough as Noreen’s new mistakes trigger calamities that shake the lives of the residents of Pembina Lake: Lynda Bradley, a divorced mother and owner of a failing café who’s given upon life and love; Dolores Harper, the village elder who, in spite of her signature sweatshirt that says MEDDLING FOR JESUS, has lost her enthusiasm for helping others; and Del Armstrong, a middle-aged bachelor farmer who is still paying for the tragic events of his own seventeenth summer.
Set against the vast skies of a prairie landscape, with a rich cast of unforgettable characters and an unlikely heroine as endearing as she is tough, this affecting novel reminds readers that it’s never too late for forgiveness – and that sometimes the most unlikely messenger can deliver a small miracle.
Martha Brooksis the author of six highly acclaimed young adult books, includingTraveling On into the Light and Other Stories, aSchool Library Journal Best Book of the Year and aHungry Mind Review Children’s Book of Distinction. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
"This beautifully written story explores the effect of a stranger on a small town. [Brooks] shares her vision of the richness of ordinary life in all its pain and glory." --Starred,Kirkus Reviews