Mormon women--Fiction;Women college teachers--United States--Fiction.
For Delia McGrath, a young university professor with deep Mormon roots, a memorable summer at home in southern Utah could make all the difference as she struggles to reacquaint herself with the faith of her childhood. Recovering from a frightening brush with death, Delia finds herself in a Smithville hospital with a belligerent teenager as a roommate. This unlikely pair, for all their differences, have much to teach each other about life, trust, and relationships. For Delia, it's the beginning of a long journey toward returning to the gospel fold. And along the way, her friendship with Gordon Foster, the BLM agent who saved her life in Slingshot Gulch, blossoms into romance.
Returning to Wisconsin and the university, Delia must face a tidal wave of complications in her personal and professional life. Will her renewed commitment to the gospel help her weather the storms, or will her tender starts of faith be washed away before they've had a chance to take root?
Meanwhile, Delia's mother, Polly, is coming to terms with her husband's death. Her journey toward acceptance takes some unexpected turns when she is carjacked on her way to visit her sister in Logan, Utah. Who would have thought that her journey would lead her to provide food and lodging for her abductor, offer a pair of quirky eighty-year-old twins a ride to a funeral, and ultimately pay a visit to the jail cell of a murderer?
Dealing with matters of the heart and spirit in tender, insightful, and sometimes gently humorous ways, Marilyn Arnold has created a second story as rich, compelling, and memoralbe as her first novel, Desert Song. [publisher's blurb]