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Suzanne has learned to survive good love, bad love and people who don’t care at all. On vacation from her teaching job, she rents an isolated cabin in Minnesota. Here she gathers strength, like a storm forming over the lake.
In response to an advertisement placed in the personal section of the local paper, Suzanne receives a letter from an unlikely candidate. Drawn into an unusual relationship with Alpha Breville, a convicted criminal with a disturbing history, Suzanne starts to unlock a harrowing event from her own past. Simultaneously she begins seeing an unpredictable, dark-haired cowboy. Though he matches Suzanne in intensity and desire, he’s less faithful than the imprisoned Breville.
Which man can offer Suzanne what she seeks? Which man can truly touch her? How can she find her unique peace?
Against a setting of deep lakes, casinos, a prison, and a bar named the Royal, Gibbon’s unconventional characters show us how to play the hands we’re dealt and own the choices we make. A tough and tender book about hard-won redemption and the power of the past.