Running from the mistakes of her past, Tessa Taylor heads to the uppermost reaches of Michigan, planning to serve as the new teacher to the children of miners. She quickly learns the town had requested a male teacher, but Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through the winter since it's too late to replace her. Tessa can't help but thank him and say she is in his debt.
Determined to make herself irreplaceable once spring thaw arrives, Tessa throws herself into her work, and soon two students have decided Miss Taylor is the right match for their grieving father. At the same time, charming assistant lightkeeper Alex Bjorkhund makes his interest known, surprising Tessa, who has never had men fight for her hand before. But not all is well as she feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape that trap that has been laid for her.
Well hello, Alex Bjorkhund, my name is Kav and I fell in love with you on page 20 (she confesses, blushing furiously.) Brash, determined, a tease and a flirt with a great sense of humour that matches Tessa's. Phew! Is that steam rising off the pages? Because whenever Tessa and Alex are in the same scene sparks do fly.
Alas Tessa is intent on a teaching career and not romance -- especially with a lighthouse keeper. She comes from a lighthouse keeping family and the tragic memories still haunt her. She hates the isolation, the danger and the 24/7 commitment. But try telling that to Alex. My, but that man knows what he wants and he isn't afraid to go after it. Cue fainting couch. Thud.
Naturally, the course of true love never runs smooth and Tessa finds herself the recipient of two enamoured suitors...not to mention the unwelcome advances of a truly diabolical villain. Shudder. And if all that wasn't enough to complicate her life, Tessa soon discovers that there's something not right about this small mining town she has come to call home. It takes all her courage and ingenuity to stand up to the sinister force that holds the town captive. In the end, Tessa becomes the catalyst for change in the entire community.
Captivating from cover to cover.
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