Vivian Delaney arrives in the quiet Wear's Valley, on the backside of the Great Smoky Mountains, carrying a heavy load of hidden problems. She is eager to find a quiet place to escape the recent troubles of her past. Right away, Vivian encounters unexpected challenges with her landlord, Scott Jamison. From Vivian's first meeting with Scott, which takes place at the end of a rifle barrel, he seems determined to push past all Vivian's defenses and find a way into her heart.
Just as Vivian begins to trust Scott and share her secrets with him, love for a little foster girl, Sarah Taylor, challenges their new relationship. When Sarah is lost in the mountains, suspense and conflict build in the lives of several characters caught in the balance.
This is the first in a planned series of 12 linked, upbeat, sentimental contemporary romance novels. Each is set in a different area of the Great Smoky Mountains, so readers get to experience new areas along with the rich pleasures of good Southern stories about memorable characters. Familiar characters and places tie the stories together in an enjoyable way.