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.
Jessie Pringle and her service dog, Toby, move to Pine Creek, Maine, from the bustle of urban Atlanta, where Jessie hopes to move on from the terrible attack that left her traumatized and scarred. She immediately connects with Ian MacKeage, one of the many handsome MacKeages who run the local resort, but worries that her personal demons will drive him away. Chapman (A Highlander Christmas) relies on the magic of Christmas to explain away passages about the MacKeages' mystical abilities, which will only make sense to readers of her Pine Creek Highlander series. But the romance between Jessie and Ian is compelling and sweet, albeit too quick to move past any awkward moments around Jessie's injuries.