With just a phone call, Meara O'Rourke begins a remarkable journey. Her birth mother has died, leaving her half of a breathtaking historic inn. Alone and uncertain of her future, Meara arrives at Laurel Ridge - and feels at peace for the first time in her life. But this beautiful place also belongs to Fletcher Black, whose presence threatens her newfound happiness. Laurel Ridge is Fletcher's beloved home, his life, his most treasured possession. The last thing he wants is to share it with a stranger. Yet Meara can see the loneliness - and passion - in his eyes. Now when each day brings a new, stunning truth about her birth and adoption, she must take the most frightening - and exhilarating - step of all: teach Fletcher to trust...and claim a love that was meant to be.