As friendship turns to love, can grace bridge two conflicted hearts?
Erin Sullivan has had to endure the rumor mill of Sweet River, Maine grinding through her family’s scandals for years. Despite maintaining her status as a respected athletics director at the local Christian school, being a single mother locked in constant conflict with misinformation and judgment had taught her not to hope for good things. No matter how strong her feelings were for Pastor Dan Cooper, she would have to keep them buried for the sake of his reputation and her already aching heart.
Dan Cooper had dedicated his life to the international mission field–that is, until he’s called back to the States with the news of his mother’s stroke. After three years in a job slowly chipping away at his spirit, his mother continues to show no sign of recovery. The choice to stay in Sweet River had seemed so clear before, but now he is scrambling for any direction from God before his passion withers altogether. While he didn’t expect that answer to be a woman, a chance meeting with Erin Sullivan stirs something in his heart with her quiet strength and compassion.
Katherine Grant takes the job at Sweet River Christian Academy hoping a small town in the wilderness of Maine will be a vacation from her high-powered career and a break from the emotional toll of the secrets she has buried deep. With the school director on a power trip and evidence of shady dealings, there’s nothing relaxing about it. Maybe it would be easier if she wasn’t so distracted by Captain MacAlister, the local cop she can’t get along with, yet can’t get out of her head. She didn’t trek up to the middle of nowhere to lose her heart.
Mac doesn’t need the kind of trouble he believes Katherine will bring. He’s got enough to deal with from poachers to drug crime. Mac has rules to maintain his faith, like avoiding the pull of an attractive woman who doesn’t fit his life. But when he meets Katherine, he’s drawn in by her intelligence and strength, despite getting burned by her quick temper.
When near tragedy strikes, Katherine reveals her feelings, and Mac doesn’t hesitate to respond. If only their scars, both seen and unseen, didn’t threaten to tear them apart. Two wary hearts must soften and two steel wills bend if they have any hope of making it down the broken trail to love.