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After the devastating loss of her husband, Jenny Sweetgrass packs up her teenage daughter Alison and moves to Livingston, Montana, hoping for a fresh start - that is, until Ryan O’Connell knocks on her door.

Park ranger Ryan is one of the six O’Connell siblings in Livingston, raised by an independent mom who has been a rock to him. He has a career he loves, and up until six weeks ago, he lived a comfortable life.

When a new neighbor moves in and disturbs the quiet peace of the area, bringing with her a daughter who’s walking trouble, Ryan is shocked to discover that the woman is a one-night stand he picked up at a bar, years ago.

Right now, the gorgeous Jenny isn’t too interested in making friends, but despite her cool façade, as Ryan gets to know her, he can’t fight an idiotic need to try to ease the pain he sees her trying to hide. At the same time, he knows, deep down, that both mother and daughter have a secret, and if he were smart, he would listen to his brother’s warning and walk away.

When Alison goes missing, everyone in town believes she simply ran off or found her way into trouble, but nothing about her disappearance adds up. She simply set out on an afternoon hike into the park and never came back.

Jenny soon learns she’s not alone when Ryan takes matters into his own hands and sets off with her into the park to find her daughter. What he doesn’t know is that Alison is actually his daughter, too, and when he learns the truth and the real reason she left, the secret could end up dividing the O’Connell family and the community.

©2020 Lorhainne Ekelund (P)2020 Lorhainne Ekelund

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I listened to this Audiobook and wasn't sure how I felt about any of the characters until further into the story.

I liked Ryan and appreciated that he wanted to help Jenny before he knew the entire story.

I was ambivalent about Jenny. I understood the issues with her marriage. I didn't understand her attitude toward Ryan about something he had absolutely no knowledge. I also understand that most people want to be memorable to someone, but for the way Jenny handled that situation, she was being completely unrealistic.

Jenny also completely underestimated almost everything having to do with her daughter. I usually try to avoid books with teenage characters in them because they are either way too angsty or too perfect. I guess its hard to strike that perfect balance.

I liked the reaction of the O'Connell family when the secret was revealed, but it was no great surprise. Although Jenny explained her reasoning, it still made no sense to me.

There was some suspense, A touch of mystery, and a HEA.