Pearl of Great Price
by Myra Johnson
Raised by her grandfather after her mother died, flea market manager Julie Pearl Stiles promised herself she’d postpone the search for her absentee father until the truth could no longer hurt Grandpa. Then one crazy June day ushers in a series of discoveries that threaten to turn Julie’s peaceful, small-town life upside down. Her encounter with Little Rock socialite Renata Channing seems more than coincidental, but equally disconcerting is her grandfather’s immediate dislike for real estate entrepreneur Micah Hobart.
Haunted by a devastating childhood mistake, Micah turned his back on God a long time ago, but success has proven a poor substitute for the love and inner peace he craves. Everything changes when he’s blindsided by the outspoken flea market manager who quickly captures his heart.
Wealthy Renata Channing has devoted her life and ample bank account to helping underprivileged children. But no amount of philanthropy can blot out the emotional abuse she endured at the hands of a mentally ill mother, and all the money in the world won’t restore the precious “pearl” lost twenty-five years ago in the depths of Lake Hamilton.
As Julie is drawn deeper into the tragic past Micah and Renata share, she finds herself questioning everything she’s ever believed about herself, her family, and her future. Once the mystery of her past is revealed, will she find her way to forgiveness and finally, fully accept who she is as a child of God?
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