Ever since her parents' murder, some ten years previously, Evelyn has felt someone watching her every time she visited her old hometown. Though she's been told that the murderer, who had come hunting for her after shooting her parents, has been executed, she's convinced that he is still alive and still out to get her. So, when the orphanage she's been living in since her parents' death burns to the ground and she discovers that the fire was deliberately lit, leaving her one of only two survivors, she takes young Polly with her and runs. After travelling for a couple of weeks, they reach Mesquite Springs, where a storm drives them to take shelter at the home of Wyatt Clark. She is convinced to stay in the town and open a restaurant, but the growing attachment between her and Wyatt seems doomed before it could even truly begin when she realises that he's preparing to leave the farm that he's felt tied to ever since his father's death, with the aim of travelling. Working together to arrange a sale of young horses brings his dream nearer, but also makes him begin to feel reluctant to leave. But danger threatens - are Evelyn's fears being realised at last? And will she ever be able to live free of fear?
I expect good writing from this author, and this didn't disappoint. The book drew me in from the start and kept me reading eagerly right through to the end. While some things with more minor threads were a little confusing initially, it all came together beautifully as the different threads of the story were drawn together. I have to admit though that the author has me curious about this oatmeal pecan pie that everyone was raving about - never even having tried a pecan pie, I can't picture what adding oatmeal would do! All in all, great writing, characters that I really cared about and would like to see more of (including supporting characters - do we get Sam's story sometime? and Dorothy's?), and an interesting setting. In fact, the biggest problem with the book was that it stopped! I wanted more of their story post-wedding, though it was still a satisfying ending. Highly recommended.
Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.
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