The first in international bestselling author Mariah Stewart’s wonderfully warm and romantic Chesapeake Diaries series of contemporary romance.
In the wake of his wife’s murder, agent Grady Shields turned his back on the FBI – and everything else – to retreat into the vast solitude of Montana, grieve for his lost love and forget the world. But after years in seclusion, his sister’s wedding draws him to St Dennis, a peaceful town on the Chesapeake Bay. Though he swears he isn’t interested in finding love again, Grady can’t ignore the mutual sparks that fly when he meets Vanessa Keaton.
Although her past was marked by bad choices, Vanessa has found that coming to St Dennis is the best decision she’s ever made. Bling, her trendy boutique, is a success with tourists as well as with the townspeople. She’s made friends, has a home she loves and has established a life for herself far from the nightmare she’s left behind. The last thing she’s looking for is romance, but she’s finding that the hot new man in town is hard to resist.
And when her past catches up with her, Grady finds that he’s unwilling to let her become a victim again. As together they fight her demons, Grady and Vanessa discover that life still holds some surprises and that love doesn’t always have to hurt.