I have been reading novels by Davis Bunn for over twenty years and have yet to be disappointed. His books span a wide range of subject matter yet it is obvious that he has done his research on each one. Every time I open the cover, I may not know what to expect but I know it will be good.

“The Sign Painter” was one of those unexpected surprises that began with a simple scene of a young homeless widow, Amy Dowell, struggling to support her small daughter as she traveled from one town to another – one window-painting job to another. A morning stop at a local church for an affordable meal leads to unexpected blessings. new friends, and danger. On the first night at her new job, she is witness to evidence that could help bring down a drug ring that puts her in the center of a major investigation and the target of the criminals involved. The suspense is flawless with some interesting twists and surprises.

But, although “The Sign Painter” has a riveting, suspense filled plot, it is so much more. At the center of the story is a church run center for the homeless. Not only do they provide meals, daycare, and counseling, but Lucy Watts and her staff offer hope to those who are willing to get their lives back on track. I would highly recommend this book as an inspiration to anyone who might be drawn to a ministry to the homeless.

This book was provided for review by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

The Sign PainterA deeply emotive story about a young mother struggling to get back on her feet after a devastating loss leaves both her and her daughter alone and living on the street—from bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn.

Amy Dowell had always considered herself a very good mother. But when she loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her young daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again.

When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealership—but Amy is hesitant to let go and trust. Is this finally a legitimate break? Can Amy subject herself to the possibility of disappointment and hurt by hoping again?

Inspired by the true story, The Sign Painter is a tale of desperation, taking chances, and ultimately redemption. This heartwarming novel blends mystery, romance, and characters you’ll root for, will leave you wondering–Is home really where the heart is?

Read an excerpt from The Sign Painter HERE.

Davis BunnDavis Bunn is the author of numerous national bestsellers in genres spanning historical sagas, contemporary thrillers, and inspirational gift books. He has received widespread critical acclaim, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, and his books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, are affiliated with Oxford University, where Davis serves as writer in residence at Regent’s Park College. He lectures internationally on the craft of writing.