Matthew McCullough is in denial. He claims he wants nothing to do with Arielle Bradford. He tries to convince his overgrown family of cousins to lay off and let him be the bachelor he’s determined to be. The problem is convincing himself.
When Matt’s wife left him and their children eight years ago, he swore he would never fall in love again. But when the beautiful and wise psychologist comes to Canden Valley to help with her best friend Sophie’s wedding, Matt finds himself eating those words.
Despite his attempt to appear aloof, one greeting hug tells Arielle that he is anything but indifferent to her. Their attraction is undeniable, but both of them are fighting ghosts from the past—Matt’s in the form of the ex-wife who abandoned him, and Arielle’s in the form of guilt for having survived to live a happy, healthy life when her beloved brother couldn’t.
They both have to come to terms with their fears and feelings of guilt before they can make a place for the other in their complicated lives. But because they know they belong together, they find a way to turn their Sunday courtship into a lifetime of love.