Labelled a reserved pushover by her co-workers, Tamara Britton finds a deeper understanding of God and her family history at the Care for Kids Agency, through the bond she forms with Sienna Larson - the young girl who she has taken into her home.
The characters learn that no matter what the circumstance, God is in control of not just some things but of all things.
"Edwards has written a superb debut novel about children growing up in the child welfare system. Tamara Britton is a caseworker for the Care for Kids Agency in Springfield, Illinois. She works with at-risk children and families in the child protective unit. Tamara has lived much of her life trying to avoid being noticed. Yet, in spite of her timid disposition, she is a strong advocate for her clients. When she accepts responsibility and lets 14-year-old runaway Sienna Larson live with her temporarily, her uneventful life is disrupted. Sienna's intrusion into Tamara's way of doing things causes many upsets and conflicts. It isn't until Tamara learns about her own family's past that she is able to truly live in the present. She and Sienna discover that they have room to love one another, renew their spirituality, and love themselves. Sierra and Tamara find in one another that missing family that they both long for. --Lillian Lewis Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"The protagonist of this debut novel is Tamara Britton, a reserved, devoted child welfare worker. The 30-something's quiet, tidy life is turned upside-down when her boss asks her to temporarily take in a foul-mouthed teen runaway named Sienna. During this stint as a foster mom, Tamara has to supervise homework, discuss teenage sexuality and wade into the murky world of pop culture. She is also motivated to put together some of the pieces of her own interrupted childhood and travels to prisons and hospitals in search of birth parents she never knew. Edwards richly develops the novel's characters, especially those who play supporting parts. Tamara's outrageous friend and colleague, Lynette, is a hoot, and Lynette and Tamara's sharply dressed but racist boss is well drawn. Still, the novel is far from perfect. The two plots Tamara and Sienna's relationship, and Tamara's own childhood tie together at the end, but the connections require coincidences that strain credulity. The stock features of CBA fiction are all predictably there: Tamara, who has never dated, is suddenly wooed by two fine men. And she not only finds love but also her faith at a church altar call. This contribution to the flourishing field of African-American Christian fiction is promising, though it also suffers from first-timer flaws. (Apr. 20) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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