Laura Foster, aka Lovie Lamonte, former soiled dove, used her natural talent for business to retire at twenty-eight, escape a life she never chose for herself, and follow her dream. The tumultuous war years in the South, while ruinous for most, provided her with opportunities through which she amassed a fortune. Investing considerable funds building Foster’s Boarding House in Glory, she now has everything she always wanted. Except love. Laura is always on guard, always holding her breath, afraid that someone from her past might recognize her and bring the new life she’s established crashing down around her. Even if she did believe in love, she can never give her heart to any man without telling him the truth about her sordid past.
Rev. Brand McCormick is a widower with two children who delights in preaching to his flock in Glory. He lives a life of service. His faith is the cornerstone of his life. . Brand never thought he’d find love again until it hit him out of the blue. Laura Foster is singularly the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on and though he knows she is a widow who refuses all suitors, he can’t resist at least trying to befriend her. Then one Sunday morning he is confronted by an eighteen year old young man who claims to be his illegitimate son. Jesse Langley has tracked Brand down after an exhausting search and demands Brand answer for his desertion of his mother. Not only that, but Jesse makes his demands in front of Brand’s entire congregation during Sunday service—which also happens to be the very first Sunday service that Laura has ever attended. Within the blink of an eye, Brand’s reputation is in tatters and no one is more stunned than Laura. She was convinced she would be the one to bring Brand down if she didn’t let him go. Can Laura and Brand overcome their pasts to build a future together?