Ten years ago, in 1857, Kathryn Jennings gave up a wealthy life in Boston to go west with her new husband, Larson. The years have been hard, and her expectations for a happy marriage unfulfilled. Larson is haunted by a secret past, rendering him unable to fully commit to the marriage. When a chance to save their struggling Colorado ranch takes Larson away, their lives take an unexpected, tragic turn.
Larson fails to return, and Kathryn must learn to live without him, believing him dead. Larson is not dead, but has been unrecognizably burned in a fire, scarred inside and out. Refusing to return to his wife before he has healed, Larson learns to overcome his past, and how to become the man Kathryn has always wanted.
As Kathryn and Larson rebuild their broken lives, they undergo drastic spiritual transformations. Chapters switch between Kathryn and Larson’s viewpoints in this compelling story of faith and hope. While focusing more on personal conflicts rather than historical detail, Alexander still portrays 19th century ranch life in a well-written and engaging story. The struggles Kathryn and Larson undergo are believable, heart-wrenching, and inspiring. A delightful debut novel, this is the first book in Alexander’s Fountain Creek Chronicles.