By Ruth Logan Herne

society’s criteria are positioned to the try and a Northern Appalachian city comes jointly to save lots of a ignored baby in Ruth Logan Herne’s new romance, the 1st reward. This poignant novel tells the tale of five-year-old Cassie Carruthers, who lives in a bug-infested shack within the hills of Western New York’s Southern Tier. Her mom has died and Cassie spends her days fending for herself whereas her alcoholic father beverages himself right into a stupor. yet Cassie’s isolation has now not long past neglected within the tightknit neighborhood of Phillipsburg. while a involved neighbor indicators the county, the neighborhood units a plan in movement to rescue the ignored little woman. via fundraising efforts, Cassie is tucked into the kindergarten lecture room of autonomous, attractive Kerry McHenry. Kerry has her paintings lower out for her in facing Cassie’s depressed father, yet regardless of the child’s loveless commence in lifestyles, she quickly finds herself to be an clever, keen pupil. furthermore, she possesses a resourcefulness that has stored her lifestyles greater than once—and could be known as upon back. Kerry McHenry is nobody’s idiot. She sees her personal tricky upbringing in Cassie’s dire state of affairs, so she works tirelessly to lead the younger woman, attempting to aid her develop into every thing that God desires her to be. whilst, she reveals herself torn among a commitment-phobic pediatric oncologist from a close-by city and Phillipsburg’s widowed deputy sheriff, a sophisticated guy who's nonetheless offended with God. because the stakes develop ever better and the characters’ lives intersect in unforeseen methods, each one will face a real try of faith—and come head to head with undeniable facts of God’s love.

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