When Perla Long arrives in the town of Wise, West Virginia, she is looking to escape a life of scorn and live a quiet life with her sweet daughter Sadie. However, as soon as she arrives she realizes that turmoil has followed her and that this sleepy town is capable of causing a large amount of hurt. But in spite of the hurt and the stares, Perla continues to use her gifts to bless others, causing a ripple effect through the hearts of the people of Wise.
The lessons of forgiveness in this book are deep and far reaching. The profound effect of the simple words "I forgive you" is exhibited through many different story lines in the book, and the act of being able to forgive oneself is shown to be one of the hardest things to do. God shows us incredible grace by forgiving us over and over for our shortcomings, and if we can learn to free ourselves from the guilt of the past, we can move on to bless others in even bigger ways. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great Christian fiction. I will definitely be on the lookout for Thomas' next works. She has a wonderful gift.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House for free in exchange for an honest review.