When 2 year old Gracie is sent through the mail, with a letter naming Sterling Blackwell and Heather O'Connor her parents, it send the whole town into a tizzy. They are both shocked, and it throws them into a lot of speculations, even Sterling thinks that the child must be Heather's because they share the same color of red hair, but he thinks that the father is his brother Dillon who went out with Heather a few times before he left for the Calvary.
Sterling and Heather agree to marry for Gracie's sake, and to quiet the talk in the town, but will they find real love together?
Heather doesn't want Gracie to feel unwanted, like she did when she was little, her mother died and her father dumped her with some relatives. She puts Gracie's needs before her own comfort, and cares for her and comes to love her, despite the town's talking.
Sterling feels guilty for Dillon leaving for the Calvary, and feels that Dillon and Heather might have married if not for Sterling's interference. Sterling stays busy with his property, but he makes sure that Heather and Gracie are well cared for, even though he doesn't see them often. But when Heather get's sick he has to care for Gracie and finds that he really likes her. He realizes that he doesn't want things the way they were and makes an effort to get to know Gracie and Heather better. When Sterling and Heather find missing money in the bookkeeping, they work together to find out what happened when Sterling's father was alive, and where the money went.
As they get to know and care for each other Sterling worries about what will happen when Dillon returns, and Heather worries that Sterling feels trapped in their marriage. I like the way that the hard times bring Sterling and Heather together, they are both people of strong faith, strengths, as well as faults and fears. Fantastic read from beginning to end with everything from romance, a marriage of convenience and mystery! Highly recommend!
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