(Holmes Crossing #3)
It took Miriam Bristol many years to find rhythm and security in her life after bouncing between a loving foster home and a neglectful mother then dealing with a deceitful boyfriend. But this rhythm is interrupted when she unexpectedly becomes the guardian of her five-year-old orphaned niece who she barely knows.
Miriam must move across the country to make hard decisions about Celia's needs. The mistakes of Miriam's past and the heritage of her mother make her feel she is unsuitable. Unfortunately Duncan, Celia's uncle from the other side of the family, who was also named guardian, feels the same way. Celia is the same age as the daughter he lost and seeing her creates too many painful memories.
But Duncan and Celia are the only extended family members who can help this little girl. As they work together to decide what to do, their attraction for each other grows and the possibility of a family with Celia lingers. However, can their changing relationship survive the secret that Miriam harbors? A secret that could destroy Duncan's changing feelings. A secret that could send Miriam away from Duncan, Celia and This Place.