Celia Anderson is painfully aware of the struggles of being a widow and mother. Baby Emma needs a father, and two of the men in her Wyoming boarding house are eager to assume that role. Even her best friend, the parson’s wife, thinks she should remarry, since her official year of grieving is nearly up, and running a boarding house in 1882 is risky business for a young widow.
But Celia knows what marriage without love feels like. She had been paired with a good man in her arranged marriage and was sad when he died in an accident, but if she ever remarries, she wants more. She wants someone who stirs her heart, makes her