Just as it seems life is opening before Violet with unlimited possibilities for her future, her hometown of Atlanta is devastated by a citywide fire, and her idolized older brother heads off to France as an officer in the Great War. Violet's safe, tight-knit family is about to be tested beyond anything they have ever experienced, and her dreams for the future keep colliding with forces outside her control and a rapidly changing culture. While she tries to rebuild her life from loss after loss, two very different young ministers both profess her place in their own dreams for the future. As her childhood faith is shaken to its very core, Violet must determine who she truly is, what she most wants, and what it means to love.
Can Russell and Katie’s love survive through the family conflicts, heart-wrenching losses, and dark secrets that threaten to drown them both?
Haunted by the tragedies and mistakes of his past, Russell Carver has nonetheless managed to build a successful—if lonely—life for himself in his native Boston. But when he meets lovely, vivacious Katie Sweet, up from Atlanta to visit her grandmother, Russell’s stoic life is turned upside down and long-abandoned dreams are reawakened. Russell will do anything to protect and provide for this woman he adores, but neither of them can imagine the great waters of calamity that will soon rush against them and shake their fledgling relationship to its very foundation. As the nation is plunged from the Roaring Twenties into the Great Depression, destroying their hopes and dreams, will Russell and Katie find the strength to fight for what they cherish most?
It's Christmas 1918 and Lottie Webster has faced a pandemic and a war that have caused one heartache after the next for her family. Trying to mother her grieving nieces and help her shell-shocked husband, celebrating Christmas is the last thing on Lottie's mind. But when her brother returns home from the front, his holiday "surprise" threatens to ruin not only Christmas but the fragile peace left in Lottie's life.
Ada Unser is alone and starving in war-ravaged Germany when she gets an unexpected opportunity to escape, but she must risk everything and step into the unknown. Will her courage be rewarded with a loving family or resentment and scorn? And will her cherished Christmas traditions bring her new family together or tear them further apart?