After her sweetheart Joe dies in a road accident, twenty-four hours after he returns from Army service, grieving Karla Payne slams the door on love.
Five years later, Karla’s tavern business is booming, and she owns her home, but she knows forever love has no part in her future.
Headed to interview for his first civilian job, retired career Army 1st Sgt. Zane Blackthorne can’t resist visiting his late buddy’s beloved Vermont hometown. He also can’t resist looking up Joe’s sweetheart, Karla, who is an alluring mix of brains, beauty, and bravery.
Loyalty to his brother-in-arms demands Zane fight his attraction to Karla. Besides, even if Karla wants him, she’ll never love him.
Can Zane say goodbye to the woman he has no right to call his own?
Even if his only true home is in her arms?
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“I thought that this book had a really great love story. It was well written and you were cheering on Karla and Zane from the beginning. They had an instant bond and the reason why is heartbreaking yet it’s a good thing. I loved the surprise at the end and would definitely recommend this book to all you hopeless romantics!!”
Devil Dog Mom, 5 stars, Amazon review
Charlotte O’Shay is a one click author for me because her stories are always packed with emotion and I feel her heroines could be my best friends in real life.”
Peggy Jaeger, author of Today, Tomorrow, Always