by Francine Rivers
This is the first part in a series of at least two books by Francine Rivers. It is historical fiction in that it is loosely related on her own mother and grandmother's lives.
Although I have a huge stack of books to read right now, when I picked this up at the bookstore it got moved to the top of the stack. I have loved Francine Rivers' books since I was in high school, and this one did not disappoint at all. Taking us from Switzerland to California, the book does a good job of showing why relationships can sometimes be very strained even when love is present.
I know someone who has book #2 and will be borrowing it from them ASAP.