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Joshua is a preacher’s son and Maddie is his best friend, and daughter
of the associate pastor. Maddie moves away when both are still young,
but now she’s back and has changed. She wears provocative clothing,
curses, and isn’t acting as chaste as a pastor’s daughter ought. Joshua
decides he must save Maddie, a decision she isn’t warmly accepting. The
narrative is very straight forward but I really appreciate the way the
subject is handled with care. All sides of the situation are shown, and
no one is being condemned. All the characters are flawed.
Joshua Wynn is a preacher’s son and a “good boy” who always does the right thing. Until Maddie comes back to town. Maddie is the daughter of the former associate pastor of Joshua’s church, and his childhood crush. Now Maddie is all grown up, gorgeous—and troubled. She wears provocative clothes to church, cusses, drinks, and fools around with older men. Joshua’s ears burn just listening to the things she did to get kicked out of boarding school, and her own home.
As time goes on, Josh goes against his parents and his own better instincts to keep Maddie from completely capsizing. Along the way, he begins to question his own rigid understanding of God and whether, as his mother says, a girl like Maddie is beyond redemption. Maddie leads Josh further astray than any girl ever has . . . but is there a way to reconcile his love for her and his love for his life in the church?