Val Brelinski's The Girl Who Slept With God
The titular Girl of this novel is the older sister of our protagonist--they're a pair of teenagers growing up in an extremely devout family in Idaho in 1970. Middle daughter Jory is mildly rebellious, but her older sister believes herself to be a servant of Christ--and when she comes home from a mission trip pregnant, she claims an angel from God impregnated her for holy reasons. And then their parents sort of exile the two girls, leading Jory to befriend normal (non-churchy) local high school students--and an ice cream man. Plus a very awesome elderly neighbor. Grace . . . has some other stuff happen. I did have some mixed feelings about the ending--mainly because it didn't go the way I wanted it to go. But isn't that the mark of a good book--that you care so much about and are so invested in the characters that you get actually angry when things don't go their way? I think I really loved this, even though I'm mad about it? The writing is beautiful and Jory is pretty realistic. There is also an adorable kitten. A-.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in August.