Seeking solace in his music, Marcus Temple fled his stifling small town to become a world-class cellist. Any lingering longings and regrets are safely buried beneath his successful career—until a family crisis compels him to return and brings him face-to-face with the woman whose heart he broke when he left.
More comfortable in overalls than orchestra seats, Mattie Bendixon has done her best to forget the boy who shattered her teenage dreams. She keeps busy and fulfilled as a carpenter with her grandfather’s construction company. But now a big city rival threatens his legacy.
Determined to save her beloved business, Mattie makes a reckless wager with Marcus. All he has to do is stay in his hated hometown for one month. All she has to risk is her heart.
(Mattie and Marcus both 29)
Luke Donwell detoured from his expected vocation when he became a high school music teacher. Now it’s time to choose—commit to his students or tend to a larger flock. Then destiny throws his best friend’s alluring younger sister into his path.
Frivolous and flighty Jo Bendixon doesn’t have her life all worked out like her older sisters do, but what’s the rush? She’s having fun being a barista, teaching kids to code, and living down to everyone's expectations.
She’s never given earnest, steadfast Luke a second glance. Volunteering to help with his youth concert seems a safe harbour in her stormy world.
Neither prophesies the temptation flaring hot and bright between them. It might scorch them to the heart…or spark a match made in heaven.
(This is a steamy, open-door romance. The characters express a wide range of views on faith and religion.)
(Jo 24, Luke 29)
After an embezzling boyfriend puts her under police suspicion and deeply in debt, Camryn Bendixon has one goal—rebuild her career and her self-esteem by dragging her grandfather’s failing construction company back to profitability by her manicured fingernails. She refuses to be distracted by the sexy single dad who stands in her way.
Will Danson knows life is meant to be savoured—a fact brought home every time he hugs his young daughter, who lost her sight as an infant. Balancing her needs while managing the booming Kohlenburg Construction Group should make it easy to ignore his disdainful but captivating business rival.
Soon Camryn and Will are competing for construction bids and career-making contracts. But it is her battered heart that he truly wants to win.
(Camryn and Will both 31)