Willow Madison and her friends Copper and Audrey taught school in
neighboring Texas towns until the Yankees rode in and burned them out.
In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for
what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the
terrible war was over.


Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow
vows she will take care of her friends and her ailing uncle in Thunder
Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a
man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is sawmill owner
Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong
manner—the man Willow cannot get out of her head … or her heart.
Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness,
Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to
her …