Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie Hall takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, where she finds work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by dangerously good-looking Parker Harrigan. But as their initial attraction blossoms, Rainie fears she can never escape retribution from the man who has sworn to kill herand that her mere presence could jeopardize everything the Harrigan family holds dear.
With her powerful, abusive husband planning her murder, Rainie Hall Danning has no choice but to run. "Disappearing" from a cruise ship, she becomes Anna Pritchard, flees Seattle, and finds work at Parker Harrigan's horse ranch in rural Oregon. Parker soon senses that something is wrong with his wary, man-shy bookkeeper. As he learns the truth, he makes it a priority to help the woman he has come to love regain the power and self-confidence that had been stripped away. But clever, psychotic Peter Danning is hot on his wife's trail-and while Rainie may be safe for now, she won't be for long. A damaged but ultimately resilient heroine, a strong, intuitively caring hero, and an intensely loyal, rowdy family who protect their own quickly draw readers into this tense, well-crafted, riveting tale that keeps the suspense on target. Anderson's novels often address serious issues, including women escaping abusive situations. A powerfully compelling story of survival, healing, and hope, this is the third in the Harrigan family stories and one of the author's best to date. Anderson (Morning Light), who lives in rural Oregon, is noted for her sensitive, insightful, family-centered romances.