The List by Melanie Jacobson

Title: The List

Author: Melanie Jacobson

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: March, 2011


Size: 304 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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Ashley Barrett doesn’t want to get married. At least, not anytime soon. She doesn’t care how many of her friends and family members and fellow churchgoers had weddings before they finished college — the last thing she needs in her fun-loving twenties is the dead-weight of some guy. And that’s why she created The List. By the time she completes all twenty-five goals — from learning a language to skydiving to perfecting the art of making sushi — she’ll be more ready to settle down. Maybe.

This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master’s degree). But when Matt decides he doesn’t like the “leaving” part, Ashley’s carefully laid plans are turned sideways. Now Ashley faces an unexpected dilemma: should she stick to the safety of The List, or risk everything for a love that may tie her down — or might set her free?

Hearts Through Time by Marie Higgins

Title: Hearts Through Time

Author: Marie Higgins

Publisher: Walnut Springs

Release Date: March 11, 2011

ISBN: 978-1935217923

Size: 280 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Romance

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A love story that transcends time . . .

When a woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal’s office and begs for help in solving her murder, he thinks he has lost his mind. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so he doesn’t need any more fireworks as he rebuilds his life. Still, he is intrigued by Abigail Carlisle’s plea, and he needs clients, even if this one insists she’s dead. The more secrets Nick uncovers, the deeper he falls for the beautiful ghost.

Abigail believes Nick is her heart’s true desire, but how can happily-ever-after happen when she’s already dead? The more time she spends with him, the more real she becomes, until Nick can finally touch her.

In a strange turn of events, Nick is suddenly whisked back to 1912, two weeks before Abby’s murder, but she doesn’t remember him. When he attempts to win her over so he can save her from a tragic destiny, Abby thinks Nick is courting her for her inheritance. But even if he can rescue her and make her trust him again, how can they be together forever?

The Tomb Builder by E. James Harrison

Title: The Tomb Builder

Author: E. James Harrison

Publisher: Bonneville (CFI)

Release Date: March 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599557977

Size: 160 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical

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“JOSEPH took the last few steps to the tomb and stopped, waiting for the sense of foreboding to descend upon him as it had every time in the past. To his surprise, it didn’t come. Instead, there was a strange sense of relief–almost a calm, peaceful feeling…”

HE WAS INSPIRED, but he didn’t know why. He worked hard, but he didn’t know what for. Now, just days before the Passover, it is finished, and Joseph of Arimethea ponders who might have need of such a magnificent and special tomb–a tomb built for a king.

SET AMID THE TURBULENCE of Roman-ruled Jerusalem, when confusion and contention rage among Jews about a stranger from Galilee, this touching account of love and sacrifice gives the reader a unique perspective of Christ’s ministry and the events leading up to his Crucifixion. Skillfully crafted, this story about Joseph of Arimethea, whose determination to follow his heart–even in the face of persecution–is a perfect reminder to put our faith in God in all circumstances.

The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter by Frank L. Cole

Title: The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter

Author: Frank L. Cole

Publisher: Bonneville (CFI)

Release Date: March 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554488

Size: 288 pages, hardcover

Genre: Middle Grade

Amber never dreamed her archaeology class would turn into a top secret mission that would take her across the globe, but when her teacher goes missing, Amber realizes it’s up to her to protect the Hidden Scepter or risk unleashing an ancient power too terrifying to imagine.

This guaranteed page-turner from the bestselling author of the Hashbrown Winters series is perfect for the adventurer in your family.

Einstein’s Trunk by James Haberkorn

Title: Einstein’s Trunk

Author: James Haberkorn

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: March 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554525

Size: 240 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Suspense

Rulon Hurt is a straightlaced, religious, and hardworking farmer from Idaho. Yohaba Melekson is a wild, worldly, and impossibly intelligent physics student from Switzerland. But when the two discover a trunk full of Albert Einstein’s secret writings, they learn that opposites attract in this electric tale that pits truth against lies, faith against knowledge, heart against mind, and an epic struggle for survival against the planet’s imminent destruction

Vengeance by Clair M. Poulson

Title: Vengeance

Author: Clair M. Poulson

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: March, 2011


Size: 272 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Suspense

A decade ago, eight-year-old Aubree Lansing peeked from her hiding place in the closet and saw the unthinkable: a dead body on her bedroom floor and a man standing close by with a gun in his bloodstained hands. A man she called daddy.

Aubree’s courageous testimony during the murder trial led to a hefty prison sentence for Stone Lansing — and placed a heavy weight on his daughter’s heart. When Aubree’s mother married Reginald Kern, one of Stone’s former defense attorneys, and the new family welcomed the birth of twins, it seemed that Aubree had left her tragic past behind. But at age eighteen, her nightmare suddenly resumes: Stone Lansing is out of prison, and he’s looking for the daughter whose words sent him there. In the wake of a death threat, Aubree flees with her twin half-siblings aboard the cruise ship Stargazer and finds protection in the care of its young sea captain. But there’s more than one menace closing in on Aubree, as the cold tide of vengeance threatens to drag her under.

Hazzardous Universe by Julie Wright

Title: Hazzardous Universe

Author: Julie Wright

Illustrator: Kevin Wasden

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: March 4, 2011


Size: 240 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Middle Grade

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A guy who works in his grandfather’s magic shop expects weird things to happen. But Hap Hazzard has never had a day like this. First, a freaky old man in a cape who calls himself “Torval” visits the shop and somehow makes a trash can explode. Then Torval delivers an ominous message to Hap’s grandfather, upsetting the old man so badly that he yells at Hap for the first time ever. Next, this girl Tara shows up to apply for a job, and for reasons Hap can’t understand, his cool magic tricks send her away in tears. But that’s nothing compared to what happens next. Under orders to apologize to Tara, Hap searches for the girl. But he can barely say he’s sorry before three spaceships appear, the biggest of the three looking like a burnt slice of pizza.

The weirdness only ramps up as Hap and Tara soon find themselves aboard the pizza-shaped ship piloted by a pair of aliens. Even though they were accidentally abducted, the two humans are now forced to join an out-of-this-world mission that includes razor-toothed multilingual beetles, a psychic queen bee, manic ape frogs, a coveted crystal, and a hundred other bizarre things that just might make sense—if Hap could only remember and understand Torval’s cryptic message. Join Hap and Tara as they begin a fantastic journey into the far reaches of the universe.

Zero G by Rachel Ann Nunes

Title: Zero G: The Problem with Spaceships

Author: Rachel Ann Nunes

Publisher: Nunes Entertainment, LLC

Release Date: March 1, 2011

Size: 88 pages, eBook

Genre: Chapter Book (ages 6-10)

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Jordan Riley wants to be a spaceship captain someday. Traveling to Earth on a spaceship to visit his grandparents for the first time is his big chance to learn all about it. But soon Jordan, his brother Miles, and their friend Taina find themselves in zero gravity (zero G) and in BIG TROUBLE. Only by using their wits will they be able to save each other and the whole ship!

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Sean Griswald’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Title: Sean Griswald’s Head

Author: Lindsey Leavitt

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Release Date: March 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599904986

Size: 288 pages, 6×9, harcover

Genre: Young Adult

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.

The Horn of Moran by M.L. Forman

Title: The Horn of Moran (Adventurer’s Wanted, Book 2)

Author: M.L. Forman

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Release Date: February 2, 2011

ISBN: 978-1606412268

Size: 400 pages, 6×8, hardcover

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Slathbog’s Gold

The land of Alusia is on the brink of war as two men have each claimed the throne. Only the true king can sound the Horn of Moran and prove his nobility. But the Horn has been lost for years. If it is not found — and soon — it could mean the destruction of an entire nation.

It wasn’t that long ago that young Alexander Taylor embarked on his first adventure, where he discovered he was a wizard and destroyed the fearsome dragon, Slathbog. Now he joins a band of seasoned adventurers who have been called up to retrieve the legendary Horn of Moran.

Their journey to the mysterious Tower of the Moon will take them through an enchanted forest, into battle against a goblin army, past the watchful eyes of griffin guards, and face-to-face with a sphinx and her deadly riddles.

With his sword, Moon Slayer, and the wise counsel of his wizard mentor, Whalen Vankin, Alex must use all his wizard and warrior skills to fight a darkness that may consume them all.

Miss Delacourt Has Her Day by Heidi Ashworth

Title: Miss Delacourt Has Her Day

Author: Heidi Ashworth

Publisher: Avalon Books

Release Date: February 4, 2011

ISBN: 978-0803477162

Size: 192 pages, hardcover

Genre: Regency Romance

Series: Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind

Ginny Delacourt felt the course of true love could not have run smoother. After all, it required only a fortnight, a pair of highwaymen, a pox quarantine, a sham betrothal, and a masquerade ball to bring Sir Anthony up to snuff. When her beloved suddenly becomes the heir to his uncle, the Duke of Marcross, protocol dictates that he drop the “Sir” from his name. It’s his uncle who insists Ginny, daughter of a lowly vicar, is not the proper bride for a future duke.

Lucinda and Lord Avery arrive on the scene to stir up trouble, and Ginny’s normally manipulative Grandaunt Regina seems helpless to arrange anything, least of all a frowned-upon wedding. It’s up to Anthony, with help from his fussy valet, to see to it that Ginny has her day.

The road to true love just got a little bumpier.

Traps by Michelle Erickson

Title: Traps (Chest of Souls, Book 5)

Author: Michelle Erickson


Release Date: February, 2011

ISBN: 978-1458341099

Size: 362 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: YA Speculative

Series: Chest of Souls (Book 1), Lend Me Your Mind (Book 2), Aftermath (Book 3), Sacrifice of Souls (Book 4)

Talon was born of a woman without a heart and a man without a soul into a world without a conscience. Now he has to fix it. Too bad he’s in the Sogoian Barracks, where hope of escape is trapped in the jaws of the hounds, the horns of the stone bull-men, and the look in his father’s eyes. The Book of Benamii claims there is a traitor among his men. He’s determined to find out who it is and save as many of his men as he can while they all train for the blood sport known as Cubes. Safe on the other side of time, Brenna is learning things she never wanted to know about the past, present, and future. The past concerns the fact the Five Creators are not myths and they left a deadly surprise beneath the Phoenix. The present concerns what the Forest Wife does to those who disobey, and the future has no guarantees.

Kissing Cousins by Marcia Lynn McClure

Title: Kissing Cousins

Author: Marcia Lynn McClure

Publisher: Distractions Ink

Release Date: February 22, 2011

ISBN: 978-0982782682

Size: 264 pages, 6×9, paperback

Genre: Romance

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Poppy Amore loved her job waitressing at Good Ol’ Days Family Restaurant. No one could ask for a better working environment. After all, her best friend Whitney worked there, and her boss, restaurant owner Mr. Dexter, was a kind, understanding, grandfatherly sort of man. Furthermore, the job allowed Poppy to linger in the company of Mr. Dexter’s grandson Swaggart Moretti-the handsome and charismatic head cook at Good Ol’ Days. Secretly, Swaggart was far more to Poppy than just a man who was easy to look at. In truth, she had harbored a secret crush on him for years-since her freshman year in high school, in fact. And although the memory of her feelings-even the lingering truth of them-haunted Poppy the way a veiled, unrequited love always haunts a heart, she had learned to simply find joy in possessing a hidden, anonymous delight in merely being associated with Swaggart.

Still, Poppy had begun to wonder if her heart would ever let go of Swaggart Moretti-if any other man in the world could ever turn her head. When the dazzling, uber-fashionable Mark Lawson appeared one night at Good Ol’ Days, however, Poppy began to believe that perhaps her attention and her heart would be distracted from Swaggart at last.

Mark Lawson was every girl’s fantasy-tall, uniquely handsome, financially well-off, and as charming as any prince ever to appear in fairy tales. He was kind, considerate, and, Poppy would find, a true, old-fashioned champion. Thus, Poppy Amore willingly allowed her heart and mind to follow Mark Lawson-to attempt to abandon the past and an unrequited love and begin to move on. But all the world knows that real love is not so easily put off, and Poppy began to wonder if even a man so wonderful as Mark Lawson could truly drive Swaggart Moretti from her heart.

Would Poppy Amore miss her one chance at happiness, all for the sake of an unfulfilled adolescent’s dream?

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Tangled Hearts by Roseanne Evans Wilkins

Title: Tangled Hearts

Author: Roseanne Evans Wilkins

Publisher: Create Space

Release Date: February 18, 2011

ISBN: 978-1456537791

Size: 336 pages, 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Series: Kansas Connection Series—Hidden in the Heart, Change of Heart

Serra Lanning, known as the Chaste Mormon Model Kara Kukaanei, grew up in Salina, Kansas. She is living a lonely life. Her parents have died and her sister, Brooke, hasn’t spoken to her in years. When Brooke shows up with her son in tow and asks Serra to watch him while she and her husband go on vacation to France, Serra’s whole life is turned upside down. Serra’s decision to hide from Brooke’s in-law’s create problems she doesn’t anticipate. When the tires to her new SUV are slashed, she knows she has more to fear than having her nephew taken.

The Assignment by Jean Holbrook Mathews

Title: The Assignment

Author: Jean Holbrook Mathews

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: February 2011

ISBN: 978-1608610817

Size: 304 pages, 6×9, paperback

Genre: Suspense

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Sophie Adamson: the young, auburn-haired registered nurse kidnapped from a shopping mall with her Filipino roommate, taken hostage by the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf and compelled to administer medical relief to the wounded son of its kingpin.

Julia Wentworth: the middle-aged director of an international charitable foundation, recently shaken by the sudden death of her husband and the near-fatal injury of her son, sent by her respected employer to retrieve his abducted granddaughter, Sophie.

Diego Montalbon: known as “Monty,” the prestigious Metro Manila police detective Julia hires to lead the daunting rescue mission, whose rugged appearance and surefooted ways conceal private wounds of his own.

Three individuals whose paths converge in the stark realm of a terrorist underworld. Three lives that entwine amidst the rich beauty of Philippine culture. And one unforgettable story of how love and hope transcend even the most harrowing loss.

The Colossal Fossil Freakout by Julie Gardner Berry

Title: The Colossal Fossil Freakout (Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys, #3)

Author: Julie Gardner Berry

Illustrator: Sally Faye Gardner

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Release Date: February 17, 2011

ISBN: 978-0448453613

Size: 208 pages, 5×7, softcover

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Series: The Splurch Academy — The Rat Brain Fiasco (bk1), Curse of the Bizarro Beetle (bk2)

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

Headmaster Farley’s back and he’s ready for revenge, but an unexpected visit from his estranged sister brings monstrous results as she takes over Splurch Academy. Forced to retreat to his laboratory, he hatches a plan to reclaim the school. Meanwhile, Cody Mack and the other boys are pitted against their new classmatesÑthe girls of Priscilla Prim Academy for Precious and Proper Young Ladies.

The Wanderer by Anita Stansfield

Title: The Wanderer (Shadows of Brierley Series)

Author: Anita Stansfield

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: February 2011

ISBN: 978-1608612095

Size: 242 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical Romance

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As he neared the edge of the crowd, Ian could hear a loud voice preaching some kind of sermon. He bristled from the inside out. The very thought of God encouraged his guilt and tempted him to turn back to the pub, where he could purchase the means to drown out the taunting voices of shame that had taken up comfortable residence in his tortured mind.

Nevertheless, with a few of his remaining coins, Ian purchases a copy of the book from which the “preacher” is quoting, an act that somehow gives this troubled prodigal the courage to leave the dark alleyways of London and begin the long journey home—home to his beloved Brierley and to the woman whose heart he hopes to win.

Little does he realize the impact this book will have on him and his family as they struggle with the grim consequences of unrestrained compulsions and passions, and the seemingly insurmountable challenges of mental illness. As the threads that hold the tapestry of the MacBrier family together threaten to unravel, Ian realizes that . . . The Book of Mormon had been destined to come into his hands, and he was destined to follow where it led him.

In The Wanderer, set in the lush highlands of nineteenth century Scotland, Anita Stansfield is at her storytelling best. Filled with past regrets and new beginnings, this volume is an extraordinary journey toward faith and peace—a sweeping emotional experience from start to finish.

The Devil’s Plague by Michael R. Collings

Title: The Devil’s Plague

Author: Michael R. Collings

Publisher: Borgo Press (Wildside)

Release Date: February 5, 2011

ISBN: 978-1434412300

Size: 232 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Suspense

May not be eligible for a Whitney due to length. See note below.

The scene lay tranquil and peaceful–except for the young woman’s body, battered and broken at the foot of Porcupine Falls. Who was responsible? Was it the local boy, enamored and fearful of rejection; the stranger with the hidden past; or a serial killer? It’s up to Lynn Hansen, recently arrived from L.A., and her new friend, Victoria Sears, to explore the intimacies of death, and solve the mystery of the Devil’s Plague!

*This is a double-novel from Wildside/Borgo press. You read one book, then flip it over and read the other book. The other book is Driving Hell’s Highway by Gary Lovisi, who as far as I know is not LDS. I also do not know if the page count refers only to The Devil’s Plague or to both books.

Mark of Royalty by Clark & Williams

Title: Mark of Royalty

Author: Jennifer K. Clark and Stephonie K. Williams

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: February 11. 2011

ISBN: 978-1598117754

Size: 240 pages, 6×9, paperback

Genre: Romance

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At a time when royal infants are marked at birth, a royal advisor makes a terrible misstep—and an infant princess must be secreted away to save her life. Named Sarah by Miranda, the woman who agrees to raise the child as her own, the girl is unaware of her royal heritage—even though Miranda has done all she can to pair Sarah with the king’s nephew, Lord Chad. But unexpected events prevent the expected betrothal.

Determined to fulfill her devoted mother’s wishes, Sarah reserves her heart for Chad despite her growing affections for another man. But as plots against the crown unfold, someone accidentally discovers Sarah’s mark of royalty—setting the stage for discoveries that will shake the kingdom to its core.

The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler

Title: The Scourge of Muirwood (Book 3)

Author: Jeff Wheeler

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: February 10, 2011

ISBN: 978-1456406356

Size: 416 pages, 5×8, softcover

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Wretched of Muirwood (Book 1), The Blight of Muirwood (Book 2)

The Scourge of Muirwood is the final installment of the Muirwood Trilogy.

Upon discovering she is the lost heir of Pry-Ree, Lia is forced to leave the protection of Muirwood once again. She embarks upon a perilous journey across the kingdom where she avoids capture and begs passage on a ship bound to Dahomey. Lia’s safety is in further jeopardy when she finally reaches Dochte Abbey and learns the hetaera have taken control. Lia must gather all her strength and muster the courage to defeat them, for if she fails, the consequence would be a world in ruin and the shattered lives of those she loves.

Borrowed Light by Carla Kelly

Title: Borrowed Light

Author: Carla Kelly

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Release Date: February 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554662

Size: 410 pages, 4.25×7, softcover

Genre: Romance

Julia Darling never expected to cook for some cowboys in Wyoming, but when she breaks off her engagement in Salt Lake City, it’s the perfect opportunity for her to escape. Determined to stick the job out, Julia faces her biggest challenge yet – letting go of borrowed light to find her own testimony. Set in the early 1900s, this is one romantic adventure you’ll never forget!

Independence Rock by Debra Terry Hulet

Title: Independence Rock

Author: Debra Terry Hulet

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Release Date: January 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554419

Size: 208 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

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Heredity and circumstance lock Katie McBride into a life of failure. First her father abandons her, and then her mother, an alcoholic, abuses her. Katie’s path begins to look very much like that of her parents, and she sees no way out.

Over one hundred and fifty years earlier, Katie’s pioneer ancestor Katherine faces great hardships as she travels West with a wagon train. A young, widowed mother, she is miraculously compelled to somehow help her wayward descendant. Katie finds Katherine’s journal and reads it as she completes her juvenile-court sentencing – a difficult, two-week youth handcart trek.

At Independence Rock, Katie’s and Katherine’s paths and divine intervention meet. Katie is discouraged, though, and decides that it is too late for her to change. She must be willing to believe in herself if she is wants to stop the downward generational spiral that has plagued her family.

Honeymoon Heist by Anna Jones Buttimore

Title: Honeymoon Heist

Author: Anna Jones Buttimore

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Release Date: February 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554785

Size: 240 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Romance

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After surviving a tumultuous wedding day, all Rodney and Claire Hewlett want is to enjoy a relaxing honeymoon on a luxurious island. But when one of the locals chases them through town and ransacks their hotel room, relaxing is the last thing on the newlyweds’ minds, especially when they discover one of their suitcases has been replaced with a case full of cash. Now on the run, Rodney and Claire have no one to turn to except Claire’s philandering French ex-husband.

This thrilling tale will take you by plane, train, and boat across Europe in an adrenaline-pumping ride that won’t end until the very last page.

Gifted by Karey White

Title: Gifted

Author: Karey White

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Release Date: February 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554747

Size: 224 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

Susan and Brent Weller have been waiting for years for a baby of their own. They adopt Anna, a beautiful baby girl orphaned in a terrible car accident. As Anna grows, Susan and Brent discover that she’s blessed with unusual gifts that both bless and complicate their lives.

When Anna starts school, she meets Kelsey, a scared, poor and terribly neglected little girl who finds love and acceptance from Anna and her parents. As the years pass, Susan and Brent do their best to provide Anna with a normal, happy childhood, even as they feel a responsibility to protect her from having her special gifts exploited. But with maturity comes independence and Anna begins to make choices that threaten to shatter Susan and Brent’s happy and comfortable life. Will Susan and Brent be able to protect their daughter or will her choices change all their lives forever?