“Some authors have the ability, with an economy of words, to transport you to the moment. When you can feel the heat, smell the spilt beer, feel the labor pains, and taste the sweat, you know you have been fortunate enough to find that rare writer that is going to involve you in their work to the point that you will hate to have to do anything else. Shelli Johnson, like an impressionist painter, gives you just enough that your mind and imagination takes you inside her characters and transports you to the moment. It’s a skill that some writers never master and one that emotionally involves you because your gut feels the passion, the pain, the sensual pleasure, the place, the hour, the day, and the circumstance.”—Don Weiss, reader from Arizona

“Shelli Johnson is a master artist, who paints with words such vivid portraits of her characters that we can literally see, touch, hear and even smell them. In this new novel, her main characters, Rose and Helena, are so real and human that, after only a few scenes, they jump off the page and into our hearts. We’re eager to know what happens to the irreverent but vulnerable Rose, the fiercely loyal and loving Helena. Johnson’s subtle but disquieting foreshadowing tells us their journeys will be challenging. This novel promises a riveting ride through the lives of two different but vibrant women whose lives ultimately intersect. Anyone whose read Shelli Johnson’s first novel, Small As a Mustard Seed, will know they’re in for a very special pilgrimage of the heart and the senses.” —Sally Nalbor, reader from Indiana