Should a woman give the man that once loved her—then killed her—a second chance at either?
Not many people get a do-over, and mountain guide Vicky Golden isn’t about to waste hers. With a new name, a new look, and a new attitude, she has the life she always wanted. But when a geothermal project threatens her precious Mt. Shasta, she risks exposing her secret to the world and to the man who wanted her dead.
Since his wife Brianna’s accidental death, Dutch aristocrat Christiaan van Laere has punished himself for being an awful husband with long hours, long runs, and celibacy. He needs the Mineral Springs project to save his company’s future and his family’s fortune. He’ll do anything to ensure success, including butting heads with a radical environmental group and the leader who bears a strange resemblance to his late wife.
As Vicky and Christiaan up the ante to achieve their goals, they’re forced to deal with dark secrets, painful emotions, and an undeniable attraction. But what happens when the world learns Brianna isn’t dead…
Oortman's debut is an improbable but intriguing romantic thriller. Brianna van Laere nearly died in an accident, and suspected it was actually her husband's attempt to kill her. With the new name of Vicky Golden, a surgically altered face, and a new job as a mountain guide, she believes she's put her troubled past behind her until her husband reappears in her new life. Christiaan van Laere is struggling to save his family's business, and he believes the geothermal project on Mount Shasta will do that. But there's something familiar about Vicky, a prickly young woman who strongly opposes the project. To his shock, he begins to have feelings for her, feelings he thought had died with his beloved wife. Nothing is as it seems in this tale of twists. Dangerous people think Brianna is dead and there's no telling how they'll react if she turns up alive. Though the premise is original, the villain's motivations are quite farfetched. Still, Oortman's writing holds enough promise to carry readers through to the end. (BookLife)