Four years after a home invasion left her husband of three months dead and her fighting for her life, Jessie Pringle decides it is time to take over her life and stop feeling like a victim. Along with her service dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, Jessie moves from Georgia to Pine Creek Maine to get away from her well-meaning family. When Jessie was on the Internet looking at ski resorts as far away north as you can get, she sent away for a brochure from TarStone Mountain Ski Resort. She dismisses the resort and throws it away. But every time she gets rid of it, the brochure keeps showing up and the more she sees it, the more she is convinced that this is the place she needs to start her life over at. There seems to be something magical about the mountain. Jessie's best friend travels with her to help her move. Their first night there they decide to go to the local bar, Pete's, to check out the locals. Instead they end up getting checked out by two local men. Jessie finds herself instantly attracted to one of them, Ian MacKeage. Even though he is a large man, Jessie feels very comfortable with him. Dare she dream of more than a few slow dances and one very hot kiss?
Ian Mackeage is home after spending the last four years serving in Afghanistan. His father is one of the owners of the TarStone Resort. Ian and his cousins are expected to take over the running of the resort when the elders step down. Ian has a special connection to the mountain itself, but it is one he doesn't want. From the first time Ian sees Jessie at the bar he finds himself drawn to her. When most people first see Jessie they see someone who appears to be fragile, someone who needs to be protected. But Ian also sees her potential for recklessness. As he spends the evening with her the more he finds himself wanting her, but he knows he must go slow. When the evening is over Ian gets the feeling that this is just the start to something bigger. When the past come back to haunt Jessie, will Ian be able to keep her safe? The biggest question is will Ian come to accept his own destiny and will Jessie accept him?
This is Ms. Chapman's eighth installment in her Highlander series. These stories are told in such a way that, even from the first book, you watch each and every character grow. With every installment of this series, it's almost like coming home and catching up with old friends and family. I have read and enjoyed each and every book Ms. Chapman has put out. These are books you will keep forever and read over and over again.
After a brutal attack, Jessie Pringle moved to the small mountain town of Pine Creek, Maine, to start over. But she never expected to meet Ian MacKeage, who had seemingly stepped right out of the Scottish Highlands. As drawn to Ian as he is to her, Jessie finds it more and more difficult to deny her own desires...
Then, on one of her long walks through the wilderness, she meets a kindly hermit who sells her a walking stick-one imbued with a magic that may allow Jessie to finally be rid of the pain of her past, and build a future with Ian.