Can a widow find love in the arms of a man so different from her husband?
With the death of her abusive husband, Izzy Lawson should feel free. Instead, she’s faced with a very difficult choice: Go home or escape to the town of Belle Fourche, to the only friend she has left. Izzy heads toward freedom, clinging to the hope that ranch life will help her heal from her time with a beast. When she agrees to teach Conrad to read, his quiet attention starts to heal her broken heart.
Conrad Oleson is illiterate, a humiliation he tries unsuccessfully to hide from his family. He takes no liking to the idea of his brother’s intervention by way of a pretty teacher coming to call. When Izzy reveals her painful past, he can’t say no. If learning to read brings him closer to her, he’ll do it. But can he teach her he’s ten times the man her husband was?