Friday, October 15, 2010
Words by Ginny L. Yttrup
Sierra Dawn allows herself one day a year to think about the death of her baby 12 years before. Each year on the anniversary of Annie's death Sierra goes to the grave, has lunch with her friend Ruby, and spends the rest of her day trying to forget. Sierra is consumed with guilt and anger. She knows that because she was addicted to drugs while pregnant with Annie that is the reason that Annie died. But she is angry at God because she feels that he could have prevented Annie from dying. Raised in a Christian home Sierra chose a different path to follow when she went to college. Ruby and Sierra's parents think it is time for Sierra to relinquish the anger and guilt and get right with God. Sierra doesn't know if she ever can. A trip to a secluded spot in the Redwoods changes her life forever.
Kaylee has been abandoned by her mother and left in the care of Jack her mother's last boyfriend. The only things Kaylee has of her mother's are her dictionary and Emily Post's etiquette book. Kaylee hides them from Jack so that they will not be taken away. To escape the daily sexual abuse and neglect Kaylee reads the dictionary and memorizes words and their meanings. All of the words are bottled up inside of her as she has not been able to speak since her mother abandoned her to this evil man. Too afraid to run away because she worries that her mother has amnesia and someday will return to find her Kaylee suffers in silence and fear. One of her favorite spots is the hollowed out spot in a Redwood tree. She sits in a circle of pinecones telling herself that nothing can cross the pinecones to hurt her.
Sierra befriends Kaylee and realizes that neglect and maybe something more is going on in her life. She contacts Child services to find out what can be done. Once Kaylee is rescued she is placed in the care of Sierra. From that moment on healing for both Sierra and Kaylee begins.
WOW! This book was so good. It was heartbreaking to read about Kaylee's abuse. I wanted to jump through the pages and administer justice myself! Ginny Yttrup was able to show that God can redeem us from our worst sins and give us peace and rest in Him through the trials of life.