Six years ago on Christmas Eve, the day before her wedding, Carly Bishop lost her brother, Nick, and her fiancé, Iain, when disaster struck during the two men's climb up Mount Hood. Jacob "Jake" Porter promised Carly he would find them. Unfortunately, the Oregon Mountain Search and Rescue (OMSAR) team did not find them in time. Carly moved to Philadelphia for a fresh start.
Nick's widow, Hannah, has been remarried for two years now. She and Garrett are expecting a new baby. Carly returns home to help care for her nine-year-old niece, Kendall, and seven-year-old nephew, Austin, for a couple of weeks. She did not expect to be blind-sided by hard memories though. But strong and reliable Jake is there to help ease the pain.
Jake has desired Carly for a long time now. He held his peace when she fell in love with Iain, helped her get a job in Philadelphia when she left, and has been a "surrogate everything" to what remained of the Bishop family. Now Carly has returned. Jake finds that six years has not dimmed his feelings for her. But since Carly is only in town for a couple of weeks, the best think Jake could do was keep his distance from her and guard his heart. Too bad his heart was not listening to him.
***** Lots of drama in this story. I am amazed at how much I learned about mountain search and rescue teams without even realizing it. (I have a lot of respect for the men and women who handle such a dangerous chore.) Losing a loved one during the end-of-the-year holidays is difficult and can tarnish those holidays for many years to come. This story gets that feeling of desolation across, but also shows that life and love goes on. This book left me with a warm feeling and a smile on my face. Highly recommended reading. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.