(Holmes Crossing #3)
Living with a neglectful mother caused many of Miriam’s dreams to be discarded in the twisted journey of her life. The only sanctuary she ever knew was the loving foster home where she spent her happiest years and the closest she came to real family with parents and a foster brother.
Losing his wife and daughter in a careless accident would have broken Duncan Tiemstra had it not been for the support of his family and friends in Holmes Crossing. Now, in the aftermath of the death of his sister and brother-in-law, Fran and Jared, he has discovered he and Miriam Bristol, a love from his past, are co-guardian of his niece, Celia. But his niece is almost the same age as the daughter he lost and caring for her would be a painful reminder.
What none of the family knows is that Celia, adopted as a infant, is the also baby Miriam gave up at a very dark time in her life. While Miriam would love to have a second chance with Celia and, if she were honest, with Duncan she knows he will never understand the circumstances that brought her to give her daughter up. Nor does she think she can be a suitable mother for Celia.
Duncan and Miriam reluctantly agree, for Celia’s sake, to work together at least until her birthday and the coming Christmas season are past. As they work together their attraction for each other returns and the possibility of a family with Celia tempts Miriam.
But can their changing relationship survive the dark secret that Miriam harbors? A secret that could drive Miriam away from Duncan, Celia and This Place.