Can two lost souls find the courage to love again?
A promotion is the only thing Susan Wade is thinking of when her friend convinces her to accept a short-term transfer. But she should have paid more attention to the fine print. North Carolina, the state where her childhood memories live, is the one place she’s been trying to avoid since she left for college nearly a decade ago. Having since transformed herself into a Northeastern sophisticate, complete with the right clothes, the right car, and the right accent, she’s enjoyed all the things her hometown could never offer.
Susan’s not expecting a warm welcome when she returns to Havelock. Friends are hard to come by, but she’s never had any trouble making enemies, and Pete Walsh, the town’s favorite son, is no exception. When they butt heads on her first day of work, Susan discovers the worthiest of adversaries. And while his wit and antics are awfully amusing, Susan is shocked by Pete’s uncanny ability to see the scared and insecure girl hiding behind her carefully constructed facade. And she’s not the only one wearing a mask . . .
After Susan’s world blows up, Pete helps her pick up the pieces. Can his kindness heal her damaged heart—and will she stay in Havelock long enough to find out?