From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and
The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage
and motherhood, loss and moving on.
When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed
working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to
Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel
to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will
be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s
cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm
through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and
memories of a marriage that was broken long before her
husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land
and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She
also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose
gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought
she’d lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending
Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a
fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible
decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead
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