Kaitlin is driven to succeed in the mission denied her mother. Can she redeem that mission if she discovers another calling?

Kaitlin Sadler is nine when her diplomat parents are killed in a U.S. embassy bombing. She must leave the overseas world she knows to live with her guardian, Matilda, on Simon Island in Puget Sound. Determined to redeem the tragedy of her parents’ deaths, Kaitlin makes a binding decision to become a diplomat in the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service and pursues it relentlessly as she grows up. But is that really what her heart wants? And why does a niggling memory vanish every time she fights to remember it?

Ethan Coverwood, Matilda’s nephew and a friend of Kaitlin, is on a diplomatic career path of his own. When the two are assigned to posts in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, something more than friendship begins to brew. But will it be strong enough to unite two people who could be reassigned to different continents in the blink of an eye? Enough for Ethan as he struggles to carry out America’s policies in a chaotic world? For Kaitlin as she agonizes over the desperate people she meets in her duties?

A courageous love. A reawakened passion. A vibrant step of faith.

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About The Author

Ann Gaylia O'Barr was a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State from 1990 to 2004. Assignments included tours in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria, Canada, and at the State Department in Washington, D.C. She also has worked as a computer programmer and a historic preservation planner. She currently lives in Washington State.

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