It is
1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works
hard to keep her family together. Her father slowly slips into
alcoholism and his business suffers during the Great Depression. As her
mother tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem
to remain blissfully oblivious to it, it is Kate who must shoulder the
emotional load. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl
named Lorena Birdsong would be just what the Merritts need?

In this richly textured novel, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart
reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the
strength to persevere through troubled times. Multidimensional
characters face real and trenchant problems while maintaining their
family bonds, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.
Readers will be drawn into the story and find themselves lingering there
long after they’ve finished the book.