Which is worse: losing faith, or losing heart? When you're fifteen, it's hard enough navigating freshman year of high school. But when God pulls the cosmic rug out from under you, what's left to believe in?
When her beloved grandmother dies, Emmy Vincent abandons her faith in God and punctuates that decision by hiding her grandmother's rosary so it can't be buried with her.
Soon afterward, a stranger starts turning up in unlikely places. The stranger reveals secrets only Emmy knows, including the fate of the rosary. She tells Emmy stories about her grandmother that Emmy has never heard before. Despite her hesitation, Emmy finds herself drawn to the stranger and comforted by her. Then one day the stranger declares that she's an emissary from heaven, sent to mend fences between Emmy and God.
Can Emmy believe this claim? It would explain the stranger's intimate knowledge of Emmy's life. Or maybe Emmy's just plain going crazy --which would seriously put a damper on asking out the cute sophomore in the back row of history class.
Emmy confides everything to her best friend who, despite good intentions, promptly spills the beans. Suddenly Emmy is at the center of a small whirlwind of psychiatrists, clergy, and the high school gossip mill. And no matter what the truth is, Emmy must come to terms
with a disturbing revelation about her grandmother's past: the legacy of the hidden rosary, which Emmy must now face.
Your hook starts with Emmy meeting the stranger; Grandma kicking the bucket can be a single phrase. The action of course is the friend spilling the beans and that's where it gets interesting and it sounds fun.