This a a moving story of the Lake family, outlining the obstacles and challenges they face and how the family pulls together to overcome those challenges. The charecters just draw you in to the story, each and every one of them is made real by the author. The story begins with the suicide death of the patriarch of the family in the midst of the annual family reunion. The daughter and her family end up moving back to the family home and, while there, the children and the parents find out just how good and how very, very bad people can be to each other. This is a family that loves each other ferociously and loves God every bit as much. The Dad is a preacher who doesn't have a church, the story explores his struggle with faith as he finds his way. The children learn lessons about the evil among us that children should never have to learn. I received this book on Saturday from Goodreads and finished by Sunday night - that's how good this book is.