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Valentine Monroe’s riveting reflection begins in the 1940s in New York. She and her mother flee to Texas after Valentine is severely injured by her babysitter’s boyfriend. Traumatized and vulnerable, she is inspired by stalwart Aunt Nona’s love and guidance. Believing that trouble is in the past, she is blindsided by devastating loss and a subsequent abduction attempt. Feeling powerless over her future as a helpless target for evil, she is haunted and weighed down by her past.
Once she refuses to be a pathetic, joyless victim, she sets on a path of healing and renewal determined to break free. Learning to trust, take risks and accept obstacles as life, she experiences the joy of relationships. When she discovers a family secret that destroys her future with Rowan, she is brought to her knees. Valentine’s strong spirit prevails as she triumphs in this coming-of-age pursuit of a fulfilled life.