Jenny Blake has no idea how her life will change in the summer of 1955. But the day she stoops to pick up a penny embedded in the hot asphalt, she starts a chain of events that will transform her life and the lives of those around her in amazing ways. Jenny is swept into a friendship with Miss Shaw, the woman whose past is the biggest mystery along Grand Avenue, the woman who will change Jenny’s future forever. As Jenny and Miss Shaw work together at the local jewelry store, they form a friendship that dares both of them to confront secrets in their pasts–secrets that threaten to destroy them.
While Jenny cowers in the wake of her abusive father, Miss Shaw hides in the shadows of her own unspoken pain. If these two can overcome their brokenness and grief, they might just find the freedom they’ve been craving. And they might begin a ripple effect that goes on to bring new life to the people around them, showing how God works in the smallest details, even in something as small as a penny. . . . Because big decisions often don’t amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything.
This is by far one of the best books ever written. I was captivated and engrossed from start to finish. If I had not purchased the audiobook I would have probably neglected my responsibilities for a few days because I would not have put it down (That's why God led me to the audiobook).
I thank God for Joyce and her love for God and people. And most of all for allowing me/us to see her beauty for ashes and for encouraging me to trust God for my own.
My first review and I've listened to many iTunes stories. I found many pennies during the two days I was being read to. In the laundry, on the floor of my car, in my son's soccer shoe - two pennies jumped out of a pair of pants that were picked up off the floor WHILE LISTENING on my iPod. What I take from this book is that we take those nuisance pennies for granted and this book reminds us to look very closely at God's subtle reminders. These "penny p i n c h e s" are a constant in our daily lives - we just need a little nudge now and then from God to keep our hearts open and forgive when we don't think we can forgive.