Avery E. Hitch. Ashley knows only the orphanage until she is sent to live temporarily with a family. Other people don’t know that the father drinks and beats the children, but it leaves physical and emotional scars. Back at the orphanage, Ashley keeps the scars as hidden as possible. Then she is sent to live with a family wanting to adopt her. The stage is set for major battles. When the new father humbles himself and turns to God, he has a life-changing experience as he seeks to gain the young girl’s trust. Eventually, the truth about the past comes out. 388 pages; paperback.