Jenny Blake has no idea how her life will change in the summer of 1955. But the day she stoops to pick up a penny embedded in the hot asphalt, she starts a chain of events that will transform her life and the lives of those around her in amazing ways. Jenny is swept into a friendship with Miss Shaw, the woman whose past is the biggest mystery along Grand Avenue, the woman who will change Jenny’s future forever. As Jenny and Miss Shaw work together at the local jewelry store, they form a friendship that dares both of them to confront secrets in their pasts–secrets that threaten to destroy them.
While Jenny cowers in the wake of her abusive father, Miss Shaw hides in the shadows of her own unspoken pain. If these two can overcome their brokenness and grief, they might just find the freedom they’ve been craving. And they might begin a ripple effect that goes on to bring new life to the people around them, showing how God works in the smallest details, even in something as small as a penny. . . . Because big decisions often don’t amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything.
Deborah Bedford is a journalist and bestselling author. Born and raised in Texas, she attended Texas A&M University. She is the coauthor of The Penny, Family Matters, Only You, Remember Me, and more.
Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, she teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.
Joyce has authored more than 100 books, including Never Give Up!, which have been translated into more than 100 languages. She conducts close to a dozen domestic and international conferences every year, teaching people to enjoy their everyday lives. For more than 30 years, her annual women's conference has attracted well over 200,000 women from all over the world. Joyce's passion to help people who are hurting is foundational to the vision of Hand of Hope, the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries, which supports outreaches around the world, including in her hometown of St. Louis.
Emily Janice Card is an actor, singer, and writer from North Carolina, where she appeared in leading roles in stage productions such as The Fantasticks, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bye Bye Birdie, and Once Upon a Mattress. Since moving to Los Angeles, Card adapted and starred in the play A Sepulcher of Songs based on a short story by her father, Orson Scott Card.