1886 – Canada
Blaze Hooper has honored the promise he made to his dying mother to take care of his brothers. He’s the responsible one. But sometimes being the responsible one isn’t enough. When he sees Emma for the first time all grown up, it’s as if he’s struck by lightning. The wild, tagalong young girl he remembered is gone. In her place is a woman grown.
Emma came West to find peace after the death of her parents. As she begins to heal and rediscover herself, she realizes how much of her real self she has hidden to try to please others. No more.
Blaze can’t help but be attracted to Emma as she blooms into a confident, independent beauty. When Emma’s former fiance shows up and threatens her safety, Blaze is there to protect her. He just wasn’t expecting to find out that she’s now a wealthy woman—a woman far out of his reach.
Emma desires the things money can’t buy: a home and a family. She thought she might find them with Blaze, but his distance confuses her. Is there hope for their future?