~ Kaitlyn K.
Thirteen-year-old Rose Wells is determined to make it on her own. Running from authority one last time, the forest has become her home and the cafe her source of food. Fear driven determination will keep her here as long as she can help it.
But not everybody is okay with that. Alex and Jenni Johnson will do whatever they can to find their foster daughter and bring her home, longing to give her the genuine love she’s never known.
Over the course of a single summer, hearts are broken, scars exposed, friendships blossom, and ultimately a greater truth is learned.
The story behind this book is actually pretty interesting and I wanted to share it with you.
Summer of 2017 was full of a lot of inspiration and also lots of wildfires in my local area. I was working on a novella called The Standing House, but it had no theme or point to it, and it annoyed me that I hadn't committed to a story. I knew I wanted to be published, but nothing I had written up to that point had the potential of something to go through with.
I got a new blue journal that August and decided the story I would fill it with would be my debut. I got on my knees with that journal and prayed “God I want to write a story that you will use for your glory. Please send me that story and help me know.”
It was mid-‐September before I knew. While I was listening through a suggested playlist on Spotify, the song When She
Cries” by Britt Nicole came on.
Hurting girls and asthma and wildfires led most of the plot of that first idea, and once I put my pen to paper it molded and shaped into something more than that. I've learned so much in this process as the story grew beyond what I had originally thought of.
God was always one step ahead of me and even when I was most discouraged, one thought rang out true.
“Somebody needs your book.”
So that's my prayer for this little bundle of words.
Go out little book. Reach girls and ladies and mommas. Encourage and bless them.
And for that one girl I've been writing for all this time? Find her, touch her life and let her know she is loved.
"I understood. I understood why Rose was the way she was. And I was okay with it. And that in itself shows you Libby's storytelling skills. (Also the flashbacks were my faaaaave.)"
~ Kaitlyn K.
"Somehow I went from "I'm not really feeling this one" through the first few chapters to suffering emotional trauma and not wanting to put this down."
~ Kaitlyn S.
"I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did. And you guys need this book on your TBR list it's just that amazing! Thank you Libby for writing such an amazing book. And I look forward to hopefully reading more of your books."
"I was captivated at once with this novel. It was amazing, and I will go ahead and stamp down the stars. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5."