In Sharon Garlough Brown’s latest novel, she continues the story of Wren, a young woman suffering from anxiety and depression, and her Aunt Kit, a retreat leader who takes her in as she works to regain her bearings. If you’re a fan of the Sensible Shoes series, you will encounter some of the same characters and get a glimpse of what’s been going on in their lives.
The primary theme of the novel is transitions. Kit is retiring from her position as the director of New Hope Retreat Center; Wren is feeling ready to launch into life again, applying for a job as volunteer coordinator at the nursing home where she’s worked as a cleaner. Wren also reconnects with an old art teacher, who is undergoing a difficult adjustment to life in that same nursing home after leading an active, independent life.
These and other characters deal with grief, difficult relationships, forgiveness, racial justice, reconciliation and more, all from a Christian and hopeful perspective.
There is a list of additional resources at the end, covering the topics of Mental Illness, Grief, Spiritual Formation, Vincent Van Gogh and racial justice.
VERDICT: 5 STARS. An easy, but challenging read.
For more books by the same author see these posts:
Remember Me by Sharon Garlough Brown–Book Review
Shades of Light by Sharon Garlough Brown–Book Review