In the tight-knit community of Meadowlark, Charlese Matthews grows and thrives. From an early age, she learns about God's love from her adoring parents; even better, they show her that love by making their home the center of neighborhood activity. It's open and hospitable to anyone, especially to Charlese's neighbor and best friend, Walker. The young friends share everything from secrets to snacks, and are never far apart. But when her mother dies suddenly, Charlese's wonderful and carefree world shatters. She leans heavily on those around her and tries to adjust to her devastating loss, but as she grows older it becomes harder for her to deal with her mother's absence especially when confronted with the mysteries of puberty and boys. She graduates high school then college, but circumstances arise that have her questioning God's existence in her life and her friendship with Walker seems to drift apart. Now an adult with a secure job and new home, Charlese views the world differently. She feels like God abandoned her many years ago and she can handle things on her own. But when she reconnects with Walker, everything from her past comes roaring back. She realizes she can no longer run from God and learns a hard yet valuable lesson in true friendship, trust, and self worth. Full of faith and hope, Beyond the Mirror is a heartwarming and captivating story of devotion, loss and love. Also, included in this volume is A New Beginning, the sequel to Beyond the Mirror that shares Charlese's continuing journey and the importance of family and faith.