As the newspaper clipping falls from the cardboard box Tegan takes in the woman in the picture: her chestnut hair, her eyes full of laughter, the way she nestles against the man beside her. And as she reads the words in the article, Tegan almost stops breathing. Was coming here a terrible mistake?
When Tegan’s family is torn apart by a terrible tragedy, she runs away in search of somewhere to keep safe from the past that haunts her, and the painful secrets she’s never told anyone. Arriving in Copper Canyon, Colorado, where wooden storefronts line the quiet streets and no-one knows her name, Tegan breathes easy for the first time in years. And when she grows close with Jack, another lost soul who won’t talk about his home, it seems she’s found the perfect companion to explore the mountain landscapes with.
But just as Tegan starts to think maybe safety isn’t a place, it’s a person, she notices the box of photos and newspaper clippings that Jack takes everywhere in the trunk of his car. Who is the woman in every frame? And why does she look so familiar…?
Tegan knows the only way to protect herself, and keep her dark family history locked away, is to discover more about the woman in Jack’s photos. But when she does, will the truth help her build a new life, or will it send her running once more?
She wants to leave her old life and the memories behind. She is looking for a new life, a new place to stay and making new memories.
He wants to leave his old life and the memories behind. He is struggling to find a new life and deal with the past.
Somewhere, in the middle of the desert, they meet and life throws them together, whether they like it or not. She is desperate to get away and needs him to do so. He is not to happy about it, but reluctantly accepts her traveling with him.
They don’t like each other very much, but little by little they start to relax and open up to each other…
This is a beautiful story where grief and learning to accept and give it a place is very important. And then of course there is love. True love never dies not matter where you are or how far you are apart. A story where two totally different people learn from each other and start to live again.
A very engaging book. 4 stars
Thank you, Melissa Wiesner and Bookouture
About the author
Melissa Wiesner is a night-owl who began writing novels about five years ago when her early-to-bed family retired for the evening. In 2019, she won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award in the Mainstream Fiction Category for her first novel. Melissa holds two Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Community Agency Counseling. Her day job is in Social Work where she often encounters people knocked down by hard times but who pick themselves up and keep going, just like the characters of her novels. Melissa lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her charming husband and two adorable children.