Calder Atwood has always picked up the pieces of his family since the tragedy that shook his mother, father, two brothers, and the town of Dillon Creek in 2012. The oldest brother now, he’ll stop at nothing to protect the ones he loves.
A real-life cowboy who keeps his cards close to his chest, he uses work as a distraction from the one thing that’s always been missing—the right woman to share his future with.
The first time he laid eyes on Camilla Crane when Joe Crane brought her into town, Calder knew immediately that she was different from most women he’d met, and he knew he needed to stay far away from her.
So, when Joe died, Calder made a commitment to himself to watch over Camilla and her son, Malik, even if it was from afar.
A widow and single mother, Camilla Crane is as stubborn as they come. She’s quiet but tough when she needs to be.
Born in Mexico, she fell in love with a man who died an untimely death, a death she’s never been able to fully recover from.
Now, years later, at the farmers market in Dillon Creek, a strong, brooding cowboy, one she’s seen around town from a distance, asks about her strawberries.
But when Camilla receives a letter from the United States government, telling her she needs to leave the States and go back to Mexico, she panics. She can’t go back to a place that tore her family apart and left her to die as a child.
Camilla has never needed saving, but will she allow herself to lean into Calder, allow her heart to love again, or will she run, just as she’s always done?