**Semi-finalist in the 2017 ACFW Genesis contest in the Romance genre**
**First Place winner of the 2016 "Ignite the Flame" contest in the Inspirational genre**

A dying man. A divided will. Now Luke Sánchez's livelihood and most cherished memory is Addison Cole's history of loss and pain.  Can they settle on a compromise when the editor's hot temper unnerves the otherwise laid-back rancher?

 

When Addison Cole learns the harsh grandfather who raised her is dying, she must leave city life and return to her small Texas hometown. Bitter and guarded, she shuts out every person who wants to help, including Luke Sánchez, Pop’s foreman and business manager. But Luke won't leave her alone—not when his future hinges on Addison’s decision about her grandfather's estate.

 

Luke and Addison must work together to sell Pop’s house, but Addison’s hot temper unnerves the otherwise laid-back Luke Sánchez. Unwilling to relent, Addison’s stubbornness pushes everyone who knows her into separate corners, except her interceding, no-nonsense neighbor who delivers life and truth to Addison as only her Mimi once could.

 

Addison’s heart softens when, while cleaning out her grandparent’s attic, she finds Mimi’s journals—hundreds of pages, filled with prayers for her and Pop. Opening her heart to Luke and to those hometown friends who have always loved her, Addison’s empty life finds meaning again. But when Pop’s house sells before Addison is ready to let go, Luke shows that he’s been hiding some cards of his own. Despite her relentless, restless will, Addison faces an important choice: continue in her bitterness and anger or choose forgiveness and freedom.

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