First in an emotional African American Christian romance from acclaimed inspirational author Pat Simmons featuring a tender-hearted heroine who puts her family first and a misguided hero who needs a little nudge to realize that sometimes all you have to do is believe.
No one should have to go it alone…
Tabitha Knicely believes in family before everything. She may be overwhelmed caring for her beloved great-aunt, but she would never turn her back on the woman who raised her, even if Aunt Tweet's dementia is getting worse. Tabitha is sure she can do this on her own. But when Aunt Tweet ends up on her neighbor's front porch, and the man has the audacity to accuse Tabitha of elder abuse, things go from bad to awful.
Marcus Whittington feels a mountain of regret at causing problems for Tabitha and her great-aunt. How was he to know the frail older woman's niece was doing the best she could? As Marcus gets to know Aunt Tweet and sees how hard Tabitha is fighting to keep everything together, he can't walk away from the pair. Particularly when helping Tabitha care for her great-aunt leads the two of them on a spiritual journey of faith and surrender.
Simmons (Taye's Gift) charts an emotional course from horrible first impressions to budding romance in this poignant love story. Tabitha Knicely and her sisters agree to take turns caring for their elderly great-aunt Tweet, who suffers from Alzheimer's. Tabitha, a Pasadena Hill, Mo., pharmaceutical sales rep, has just started her six-month rotation of housing Aunt Tweet when Tweet wanders off and ends up on neighbor Marcus Whittington's porch. Marcus initially accuses Tabitha of elder neglect and threatens to call 911, but as they continue to run into each other, he comes to understand the depth of Tabitha's love for her aunt and the difficulty of caring for a woman with Alzheimer's. Marcus develops a friendship with the Knicely women, joining them for meals and church outings, and romance simmers between Tabitha and Marcus as he becomes the person she leans on when juggling her career and her role as a caregiver becomes overwhelming. Simmons balances the sadness of Alzheimer's with the heartwarming bonds of family and friendship, and the combination is sure to tug at readers' heartstrings.