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They were on their way to being a real family...until she came into their lives.

Expecting their first baby, Judd and Evette McGlin are thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents. But their marriage faces the ultimate test when Judd learns he already has a child: a six-year-old biracial daughter, born amid secrets and lies. Now, Evette must decide if she can accept the child - and forgive Judd. She thought she was open-minded - until hidden prejudices threaten the future of an innocent little girl, Evette's marriage, and the very notion of the woman she's believed herself to be. 

Above all things, this child needs acceptance and love. She needs Evette to discover what being a mother truly means. She needs Judd to face his past. And she needs them both to discover what it truly means to be a family.

©2019 Deborah Raney (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-2020

Disappointed

I thought it was hard to understand how these Christian people had such a hard time this biracial 6year old girl. I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone. I push through the 1st 7chapters and the last two chapters and was mad at myself for even wasting my time listening to any of this book.

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  • Meljoypip
  • 09-10-2020

Wow. A lesson in why not to spoil your children?

Let me start this by saying I am white, a southerner and Christian- a church girl. I can’t believe how petty this couple is!! I don’t know anyone in real life (especially any Christians, that are this racist. I’m only on chapter 7 and i am not sure I want to finish this book. I can’t believe what a hard time these two ‘Christian’ people are having excepting that this girl is biracial and excepting this girl- the husband’s daughter. How out of touch with reality is this woman? Does she really think her ‘saving her self for marriage’ makes up for her pettiness and judgmental attitude? Let’s not even get into forgiveness for her husband. Honestly with her attitude no wonder 1/2 the world hates Christians. Sad and revealing. I really hope this book gets better I’m trying to hang on and listen but I’m very disappointed at this point. I made it through chapter 8 and I am done. I hope the young wife ( whose pettiness and jealousy seem more normal for a teen, not an adult- even a young one) I just can’t finish this. Yikes.

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  • Traci Baylon
  • 28-11-2020

Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Reviews

I never pick a book based on reviews. If I did, I never would have listened to this book. This book was wonderful!

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  • Jaime
  • 04-11-2020

Really hard to get in to

I tried...I really did. I just couldn't get past the wife's constant and unrealistic negativity. The narrator was good, it's just the wife's character that caused me to turn it off only a quarter of the way in to the book. I've never had to do that before. I always get through the books. I just couldn't with this one. Good luck.

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  • Jessica M
  • 31-05-2019

Fantastic story about love and loss and redemption

This book drew me in and I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to a couple more chapters to find out what turn the story would take next.

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  • guetacourtenay
  • 20-10-2020

Horrible, archaic, small-minded story

A portrayal of small-minded Christian couple. The archaic ideals, reactions and responses from the couple and community are disgusting. The behavior depicted in this book is the reason the unchurched and non-christians don't want anything to do with the Christian Community. It comes off racist. I read a lot and rarely write reviews but this one couldn't be left alone. The narrator did a great job of reading a terrible book.

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  • Jamie Forester
  • 18-09-2020

Restored My Hope in Humanity

This is a wonderful, heartwarming story. It’s beautifully written and narrated so well. This is a story that could happen to anyone of us and I can only hope we would respond as Evie did. With God, all things are possible💕

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  • DonLindaHarris
  • 17-09-2020

Well written

This story is very well written. Characters I can identify with. Loved each one of them for the most part. Finally I feel I’ve come across a book with substance and meaning. A beautiful story of love and meaning.

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  • Momma
  • 06-09-2020

Loved this book

Wonderful, meaningful Story. Now I want To listen to all Deborah Ransy books Held my attention to the very end.

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  • Chelsey McClain
  • 12-01-2021

Dont listen to the bad reviews!!

I am a biracial female and find these negative reviews ridiculous. This story is about one family, not about every white southern family. Just because this topic may be uncomfortable, doesn’t make it bad. This story is honestly a very realistic and relatable. Having parents being uncomfortable with a child dating out of their own race, a white mother that doesn’t know how to take care of curly hair, the stares from outsiders, a black hair stylist pulling out the “pink stuff” ... this isn’t a horrible book, this is real life! More people need to read this and understand that to this day this still goes on. It’s okay if it make you feel uncomfortable, hard topics aren’t easy!

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