This is book 1 of the Tucker Mills trilogy. Jace Randall comes to live with his Uncle Woody and work at his saw mill. Jace's sister Eden thinks that he is brainless enough to immediately get married and start having kids, so Jace is determined not to even look at women just to prove Eden wrong. That determination is shattered to pieces when Jace meets Maddie, a beauty who has come to help her aunt & uncle run their store. Jace falls in love and starts courting the girl. Maddie, however, has been hurt in a previous relationship and therefore hates men – or so she thinks. At first she rejects Jace's advances, but eventually sorts out her feelings and realizes that she actually likes him. So she accepts his invitation to go to a picnic together. They have a great time and part full of hopes. Then Eden, Jace's sister, steps in the picture. She disapproves of the relationship and starts ugly gossips that eventually separate Jace and Maddie. Later on, Eden becomes religious and experiences a change of heart. She talks to her brother and Maddie and confesses that she was the one who drove them apart.
This report prepared by Laura Southcombe