Multnomah, Sept 2003, 11.99, 408 pp.
When Missionary Pastor Clay McCain failed to show up at the Swedish Church, his wife and members of the congregation thought he was late or in an accident. That changes when a woman admits they conducted a three-year affair but broke it off when Clay fell in love with someone else
When Clay is spotted with a beautiful woman hanging all over him in a gas station, Rachel knows the truth. Her beloved husband, whom she spent the last nine years in Sweden building up the church, the father of her three children, deserted them without a backward glance. The church leaders force Rachel to return to the States offering her no empathy in her time of trouble. They treat her like a pariah, watching her behavior to see if she will be a bad influence. Rachel hits rock bottom until a pastor tries to show her that she has a lot to live for including a new romance if she can move past the betrayal by her husband.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner