"I'm sorry, Annela," Oskar said, sounding anything but apologetic. He sat in his easychair, eyeing first his cigar and then his daughter. "But you can't come back home. You're a grown woman now."

"It would be temporary," Annela said from the couch, trying to convince him. "Just until I could find another place to stay. I'd be on my own again before you knew it."

His right eyebrow arched. "You don't even have a job."

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General Book Information

Trade Paperback
Covenant Communications
$14.95, 197 pages
ISBN 1-59156-927-1
First Printing March 2004

Revised Digital Publication
Second Edition February 2011
At the Water's Edge

Annela grew up feeling alone and unwanted. Even worse, she never understood why. Now she has decided to begin a new life based on baptism and obedience to gospel principles. In her heart, Annela knows that this new path will lead her to the happiness and peace she desires. But shadows from her past keep reappearing, stalling her progress and making her ultimate goal seem unreachable. First her boyfriend, Tommi, pledges his love, all the while acting in ways that destroy her faith in him. Then her mother, Helena, keeps a dark secret from her that could change Annela's life forever.

At the Water’s Edge is the story of a young woman who desperately wants to put her past behind her, and through the power of prayer finds the strength to move forward.

Author's Notes

During my preteen years (ages 10-13) I lived in Helsinki and spent time in the same places Annela does. Her parents' apartment building is based on the home of boy-girl twins from my class. My best friend Katri's apartment was the model for Sister Henderson's (including the Agatha Christie collection). My sisters and I spent time at the shore on a big stone protrusion we nicknamed "Elephant Rock." I attended the same school, shopped at the same mall (especially the Candy Bag or Karkkipussi), rode the same metro, visited the National Museum, and walked the paths of Seurasaari. Finland is my second home, and I long to go back some day.

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"The book [At the Water's Edge] is as much a story of spiritual growth as it is a tender love story. Fans of romance won’t want to miss this one."
—Jennie Hansen, Meridian Magazine

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