Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in their facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back…
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Zane and Darby’s relationship becomes more serious, and as they both become more involved in the community. Threats from the past come back to haunt them and their newfound happiness. Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
This story is full of powerful, magnetic characters who have overcome terrible situations. Suspense and romance are expertly combined in this riveting story, where Roberts obviously blends the past into the present as abuse survivors discover the healing power of love.