New York Times bestselling author, Kathryn Lynn Davis, writes:
“This is a tender, wrenching, funny, brilliantly written novel about so many kinds of courage, so many layers of beauty and strength, and the bonds of family (however unique they may be) that help us survive even the worst life makes us suffer."
What is real love?
The whole world wants to know.
They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, that’s Jack. And it doesn’t matter to her that she’s nine and he’s twenty-three -- not one bit.
When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, Jack and his Aunt Mary search for her, and when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, he fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.
Some remarks from our readers:
“The author shines a beacon of truth and reality on child-abuse, alcoholism, familial love, hurt and healing, a realistic, thoughtful and entertaining narrative about men, women and children and how they behave toward one another in circumstances often beyond their control.”
"... takes incredibly dark subject matter (family violence, alcohol abuse, child trafficking), inflicts these things on realistic, fascinating, flawed but lovable characters, and yet somehow manages to leave the reader feeling upbeat and optimistic at the end of the story."
"Draws you in from the first paragraph and doesn’t let you go. Powerful, gripping, and intense! You won’t want to put it down.”
"Different people will draw different things from this story, but one thing is sure; no one will leave untouched."
"... so compelling and well-written that it's a real wrench to put it down."