If he wants her, let him come and prove it.
Overrun with men seeking their fortune and women bound by circumstance, the town hosts both dreams and nightmares, with little surety for tomorrow. But at least here Carina is far from the betrayal that still pierces her heart.
Early on, two men vie for her trust, but neither is what he seems. Will Carina discern the truth and confront the turmoil hidden in her own heart in time to prevent tragedy?
Their vows were a tenuous bond at best, but she had little else to cling to…
Newly married Carina DiGratia Shepard longs to make a home for herself and her husband in the rugged mining town of Crystal, Colorado. But haunted by the pain of his troubled childhood and fearing he possesses a heart unable to love, Quillan Shepard has abandoned her without word of his return.
Carina fears she may break under the pain of rejection but responds with determination. She courageously carves out an independent existence in the town that has become home to her, but through it all Carina longs to find a way to loosen the bitterness that holds her husband’s soul captive.
They hoped their return would offer the chance for love to grow
Carina DiGratia Shepard longs to leave behind the painful memories represented by the town of Crystal, Colorado, and start anew in the California vineyards of her youth. With Quillan bent on proving his devotion, Carina dares to open her heart to this rogue husband who has brought both pain and passion–and together they attempt to resurrect the tattered remains of their relationship and create a marriage where love truly reigns.
Yet the journey itself and their arrival at the DiGratia estate are not what they expect. Rocked by a confrontation with the past and shunned by the entire family, Quillan faces yet more rejection in his life. But his determination to prove his worth will be tested beyond what any of them had imagined….
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