An unexpected inheritance leads Jessica Thornton and her son, Splinter, back to Africa, the country she and her unborn child fled from many years ago.
Life as a single mom can be quite challenging, especially for a son who has insatiable curiosity, extreme intelligence, very little fear (except for certain things), and seems to be into everything. Most of all, her son is most curious about his father, who he has never seen. His desire to learn more about his father is poignant and touching.
Upon their arrival at their new home, a remote island mansion filled with art treasures painted by the former occupant, Jessica is thrown into a web of intrigue, deception, and a possible murder. Among the many other challenges they must deal with are the inconvenience of no electricity, no phones, internet access, a vehicle that does not work, and limited access to the outside world. The servants who worked in the house before refuse to leave their jobs. One of the servants intimidates Jessica with his presence and sullen attitude. A salvage crew is present out in the bay where they are exploring a ship that sunk many years ago. Jessica has her hands full trying to keep her son safe.
Her worst dream comes true when she finds herself thrown into close contact with her ex- husband. At least, she considers him to be her ex-husband, although they never formally were divorced.
When it becomes apparent that her former art teacher and benefactor was murdered, Jessica feels she must bring his killer to justice. She attempts to focus only on that mystery, but her heart has other plans.
You will laugh and cry with Jessica as she unravels the mysteries around her. Your heart will pound with excitement and fear, when you finally realize who the murderer is.
The concept of God's grace and forgiveness, forgiveness that allows one to fully forgive people who have hurt them is carefully woven into the story. This is also a novel about potential restoration and healing of damaged emotions.
This report prepared by Mary E. Blair