Two lonely souls come together in their search to find their true selves. Sara
Tilman and Craig Radcliff meet each other at the most unlikely time of their
lives--a time when they need each other the most.
The boardinghouse called Thank the Lord is a place where lost and wandering
souls come to settle down and find themselves. Neither Sara Tilman nor Craig
Radcliff expect to be drawn to each other in this place. What is even more
unexpected is discovering just how important they will become to each other in
their quest for happiness.
After the death of her bitter and demanding mother, Sara Jolene Tilman finds
herself alone in the world for the very first time-and ready for a fresh start.
Leaving behind the pain and isolation of her former life, Sara becomes Jolene,
and moves into the aptly named Thank the Lord Boarding House, a modest
oceanside sanctuary that houses eleven other "misguided souls," as proprietess
Fannie Johnson thinks of them. Surrounded by strangers, Jolene is forced to
confront how socially awkward-and achingly lonely-she really is. Taking care of
others is all she has ever known. Can she learn to take care of herself? But as
Jolene naively begins her stumbling-sometimes treacherous-search for love and
belonging, she finds she is not alone.
Disillusioned by romance and material success, Richard Peterson has decided to
give up his high-powered international career and return to his U.S. roots. On
the advice of a friend, Richard registers at Thank the Lord Boarding House. But
while he planned to shed the trappings of wealth along with his business suit,
he is taken aback by the humble surroundings, including the down-to-earth
housemates for whom his status means nothing. Nonetheless, as Richard is forced
to turn inward, he is also drawn into local life and discovers simple
pleasures-including an unexpected new friendship and a promising new
Behind the scenes is Fannie Johnson, shepherding her unlikely flock-two of whom
just may surprise her. For in a community where character is everything, Jolene
and Richard must struggle to find themselves at last.