Of all the things on my “to do” list, finding a man wasn’t even listed at the very bottom. I have enough to do searching for a new job and a place to live.

Miles away from where I left my shattered heart, I fell into the path of a stranger—twice.

Sparks flew—twice.

Now I know him as Alex, the uncle and guardian of the quiet little boy in my classroom whose sad smile makes me want to scoop him up and hold him tight. Now Alex wants to do the same to me, if only I’d let him.

Finding the courage to open my heart to love a second time isn’t easy. But when it comes to these two, I’ll put it all on the line again…including whatever it takes to keep our pasts from destroying our future together and hurting the little boy we both love.