When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have thing in common. He isn't the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner's niece and nephew, who've been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts. Unkwn to her, William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as a lumber-company foreman. He's never wanted family-his work is too dangerous. Yet as Elsie transforms his house into a home and he spends time with the children, he feels drawn to family life-and to Elsie. As a good Christian, Elsie is troubled by William's secrets...though she does find him intriguing. And when a sinister figure from her past arrives, Elsie and William will have to trust in faith and newfound love to protect their unlikely family from danger.
Tracey J. Lyons is the author of many historical romance novels, including the Women of Surprise series. An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author, she is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Novelists, Inc. Her books have been translated into several languages, and she has appeared on the award-winning Cox cable television show Page One. Tracey lives with her family in Orange County, New York. When not busy writing, she enjoys making her husband crazy with renovation projects at their 1860s home.