In 1882, Daisy Creek was a small town with a dwindling economy, but for Jill Graythorn, it whispered a promise of hope… Raised in a Boston orphanage, Jill continues to have nightmares about the fire that killed her family, and she still has the scars to remind her of her troubled past. Desperate for a brighter future, she responds to a mail order bride ad, and soon the Deputy of Daisy Creek is her shimmer of light in the darkness.
Deputy Bill Paulson knows grief too. When his wife died in childbirth, he thought he would never find happiness again. Encouraged by his sister, Bill finally begins his search for a wife: he knows his children need a mother, and Jill’s letters are a beacon of hope. Jill finally makes the journey to Daisy Creek to meet the deputy. With her anxiety about her scars and Bill’s grief about his wife, their union is a gamble for both of them, and they’re surprised by their instant connection. But no matter how strong a bond, sometimes reality is hell-bent on testing it, and events soon show that the pair’s trials aren’t over. With a crisis that triggers each of their worst fears, the couple is thrown into turmoil. But they have one thing they didn’t have before: each other. Could it be that this is enough to get them through?