Madi McCall considers herself one of the lucky ones. Born and raised in South Haven, Michigan, she married Richard when she was 20 years old and settled down in her home town. Like so many romantically inclined girls, she thought she had everything she wanted – a wonderful home and a fabulous family.
There’s a lot to love about the tourist town of South Haven (even with it’s snow ladened, cold winters). Until Madi can retire and move to a tropical paradise, she enjoys the sandy shore of Lake Michigan’s beaches (at least for a few months each year). While the seasonal extremes may bother some, they’re just one of the reasons Madi stays in Michigan.
She also stays to be close to her family, which she loves, even though no one’s without faults. Just because Richard is perfect for her doesn’t mean his family is (though it wouldn’t kill his brother to try a little harder). And adorable children have the tendency to grow into hormonal teenagers (thank God for her darling little Emily, who is still a few years away from being a cranky teen). And even though Madi’s own family is all grown up doesn’t mean they can’t be as bitter, secretive, and frustrating as anyone else (she’s just used to them). Despite everyone’s quirks, every thing in life was fine – a functionally dysfunctional family filled with love.
At least that’s what Madi thought until she realized that she’s 38 years old, unemployable, and barely social. Suddenly the thrill of living vicariously through her kids and her best friend isn’t enough, especially when she loses so much of herself that she thinks she’s driven her husband into the arms of another woman. Eighteen years after she had it all, Madi loses it all. The only thing she can still claim as her own are the depression and procrastination that feed in to her insecurities. This isn’t where she pictured herself.
In the midst of the frustration and pain, however, Madi can see one thing clearly – if she doesn’t get help, she’ll follow in the footsteps of her divorced, bitter mother (God love her, but Madi doesn’t want to be her). Madi knows God is there for her. She knows He’s on her side. Now she needs to know if He can take a mess like her and set her feet on the right path (before she ends up on a completely different map then the rest of her family).
Madi knows she’s not perfect, and she doesn’t expect anyone else to be, but it’s not always easy to remember that when her heart is on the line. By the grace of God she’ll survive, and so will the quirky family that she needs and loves.