In this sweeping Rita Award-nominated Western romance, a woman leaves her old life behind to start over at a ski ranch run by a charismatic and mysterious owner. The sorrow of loss. The magic of a new life. Award-winning author Tory Cates takes us to the snow-covered mountains to share in the start of a fresh love. . . . Kristin Jonsson’s life in Albuquerque is falling apart— a critic pans her photographs, the gallery owner pulls her show, and her boyfriend proves to have no respect for her art or affection for her. Kristin, however, is determined to transform the wreckage into a wonderful opportunity. Quitting her mindless job as a graphic artist for an electronics firm, she heads for the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a cross-country ski instructor. There she meets Grayson Lawrey, the ruggedly handsome resort owner, and his delightful company is like balm for her wounded spirits. Then, just as she is losing her heart to him, Gray turns away. Yet Kristin feels that their attraction was mutual and genuine. . . . Something deep, dark, and secret is haunting Gray, something Kristin must bring into the clear light of day before they can fully share their love.