This is a historical romance about Rani Martin, a young woman living in Cades Cove, in the Smoky Mountains. She's content there on the land she loves with her wonderful parents, but wonders if she'll fall in love someday. When she meets a man near a run-down farm, she assumes he's a stranger to the cove but realizes he's the boy her parents have talked about for years. Matthew Jackson left the cove twenty years ago, after his drunkard of a father died. He's always wanted to come back but never dreamed that he might find love. He feels too ashamed of his past, not to mention the legacy his father left. Will he find a home and someone to share it with?
I liked the setting of this story and the interactions of the different characters. I was a bit frustrated with both Rani and Matthew at different times but they redeemed themselves. There were some sweet moments between them I enjoyed. I liked the insight into her parents' lives, also, and found out that the first book in the series was about them, though it's not necessary to read them in order. I liked the theme of forgiveness, the importance of forgiving others and yourself.
I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.