Shelby’s life isn’t glamorous, but it is predictable—and that’s the way she likes it. A survivor of her father’s violence, she has spent a lifetime creating a safe existence devoid of dependence. But her carefully managed world begins to break when, under staggering circumstances, she becomes a single mother to four-year-old Shayla. In a drastic attempt to escape her childhood’s influence, Shelby moves to Germany, but she quickly discovers how intimately linked memory and healing are—and how honestly she must scrutinize her past in order to aspire to a richer future. As she juggles a new job, a new culture, a new daughter, and the attention of an enterprising man, Shelby’s fresh start becomes a quest for the courage to be not only a survivor, but someone who prevails.
Michele Phoenix has crafted a tale of broken lives and broken places that captured my attention from the start. Shelby struggled with self-image issues, and her extremely abusive childhood has affected most of the decisions she made as an adult.
The last thing Shelby wanted was a child to raise on her own, but she found herself as the sole caregiver to Shayla, a sweet and spunky four-year-old. Together they must struggle to find out what the new normal is, and if they will ever have a standard "mother/daughter" relationship.
Instant motherhood, romance, healing from the past, and a chance for an exciting future all seemed impossible to Shelby. But she quickly learns that nothing is impossible, even in the broken places.
If you enjoy an inspirational novel that offers hope and healing, then you will love this one.
Disclosure: Ebook recieved through Net Galley courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.