Beautiful Emma Tyler has a flinty persona and a naughty secret; when her past catches up to her, she flees to her family’s ranch, determined to hide from the world, especially Cooper Jessup, the one man she might want but can’t face.
Considered one of the most beautiful women in glamorous Los Angeles, Emma is known for her prickly, tell-it-like-it-is personality and wanton reputation. Though she's basically friendless, she's managed to find an employment niche with her straight-talk problem-solving and has settled into an upscale if soulless existence as an event planner. Emma considers herself unlovable and has taken to seducing powerful older men who just want her for trophy sex, which only solidifies her own self-loathing. Most encounters end quickly, many of them end badly, and nearly all of them end with Emma stealing a memento from her partner, a sort of specialized kleptomania that she doesn’t understand but can’t help. When one incident nearly lands her in big trouble, she quits her job and flees LA for Pine River, Colorado, and the decrepit ranch she co-owns with two half sisters she barely knows. Which is where Cooper tracks her down, in pursuit of another trinket which is extremely valuable to an important client. Denying she has the object, Emma is doubly rattled. First, because Cooper believes she has it. Second, because Cooper is the one man she ever felt truly attracted to in her old life, because he’s the only one she ever felt a “real” connection to. Meanwhile, Emma is discovering that forgiveness, acceptance and unconditional love—from Cooper, her sisters, a special friend in Pine River and, ultimately, herself—might be what she needs to create a new, easier, more content version of herself. London continues her acclaimed Pine River series with a moving story that explores dysfunction, deep emotions and even terminal illness with empathy, sensitivity and insight.
Intense, lovely and poignant.