THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Daniel Morgan's past returns to haunt him when a freshman girl shows for class up wearing his college sweetheart's face.
Lynette Tyler is determined not to face her past, even when she learns her daughter's favorite new teacher is the man she had forced out of her life when she got pregnant.
When Daniel learns that Kat is his daughter, he dares to ask God for the dream he had let go years before... to finally be a family. He pursues Lynette's love through tragedy and shame, learning to forgive each other and themselves. The biggest hurdle isn't whether Kat would forgive them when she finally finds out the truth, but whether Lynette can let go of the past long enough to let them have a future together.
A year in the life…
Roommates Bekka, Kat, and Amy have a lot in common: Theater students, pursuing writing careers, supporting each other in crises and heartaches. Amy keeps breaking up with her boyfriend. Kat never dates a boy more than twice. Bekka is too busy with part-
All that changes when Shane shows up. Bekka lets herself dream, even through the turmoil of Amy's boyfriend following his dreams and the effect on Amy, and the damage done by Kat's stepfather, and the destruction of her mother's marriage and dreams. Life is hectic -
Hannah Blake has given up on being anything more to Xander Finley than his Gal Friday and partner in running Common Grounds legal clinic. Other than attending the same church, what else do they have in common?
Then the process of opening up a branch office in Tabor Heights becomes ... complicated. First they face resistance from a local judge and another lawyer who is a member of their church, and doesn't seem to have gotten the memo that he should be supporting them. Then they find the body of the 3rd victim of the White Rose Killer in their new office.
When the White Rose Killer seems to have chosen Hannah as his next 'true love', Xander's attentions become warmer and more personal. Hannah knows better than to hope this improvement in their relationship will last beyond the crisis. Foxhole love isn't any more real than foxhole religion, right? Xander, on the other hand, is glad his eyes have finally been opened.
The problem is convincing Hannah that he's for real. It's time to pray for more than her safety. After all, in the final analysis, what good is his life without Hannah in every part of it?
Toni returns to Tabor Heights to help identify the White Rose Killer. He stalks young women who look like her sister, murdered twenty years ago. Is he the same boy, grown up, who left white roses on Angel's grave?
Curt found Angel's body, and he doesn't want Toni to be the White Rose's next victim. He reluctantly partners with her at the newspaper, to find the killer before he strikes again. To protect her, they pretend to have a relationship that slowly becomes real.
Their hunt becomes a race against time: find love and the White Rose before the killer targets them.
THE FAMILY WAY
Everything is going right for Lisa. Her comic strip is becoming a book, and she is pregnant -
Todd comes home in a foul mood and destroys her happy announcement with: "Is it mine?"
He tries to make things right, but everything he does only worsens Lisa's pain because he has never learned to apologize. Their marriage disintegrates, until his own sisters urge Lisa to leave him. Todd slowly, painfully learns to face family secrets, and break free of his father's poisonous influence.
Lisa knows she must forgive and learn to love Todd again, even as she wonders why. Todd never loved her, so why try to make their marriage work?
The hardest thing Nikki has ever done is go home to Tabor Heights, to the people who know how far she fell, and the hearts she broke. Working for the Arc Foundation, she is to assess the Mission for funding. She refuses to fail the God who has forgiven her, and let down her home church.
Released from prison, Brock follows Nikki home. Now that he is right with God, he wants more than anything to win her back, and make sure their love is the right kind. Nikki knows she won't find full healing until she forgives Brock, but she discovers she has to forgive herself, first.