Thursday, August 26, 2021



Teagan is in much need of a new start in life. After a terrible family tragedy, she runs away to Copper Canyon, Colorado to escape her past.  She carries with her many secrets that she has never told anyone.  But when Teagan meets Jack, he is also hiding his past, she feels like she can finally relax, but she may have let her walls down a little to soon.  When she discovers all the newspaper stories and the photos that Jack has in the trunk of his car, and keeps with him everywhere he goes, she has no choice but to rebuild her walls.  Once again she feels like there is no safe place for her to be, and the only way for her to survive is to continue to keep her family secrets locked up inside.  

This story was absolutely amazing and the plot twists and turns kept me flipping the pages. Once you open the cover, this story is one that will keep you up all night to finish.  I felt so pulled into this story from the very first page, until I closed the book at the end.  This story hits all the emotions, and is one to be remembered for a long time. 

Thank you Melissa Wiesner for another wonderful read.   I thoroughly enjoyed this storyline.  I felt as if I was watching a movie playing out in my minds eye.  Very descriptive and visually written.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Melissa Wiener 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 23, 2021 
Pages: 300 
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As the newspaper clipping falls from the cardboard box Tegan takes in the woman in the picture: her chestnut hair, her eyes full of laughter, the way she nestles against the man beside her. And as she reads the words in the article, Tegan almost stops breathing. Was coming here a terrible mistake?

When Tegan’s family is torn apart by a terrible tragedy, she runs away in search of somewhere to keep safe from the past that haunts her, and the painful secrets she’s never told anyone. Arriving in Copper Canyon, Colorado, where wooden storefronts line the quiet streets and no-one knows her name, Tegan breathes easy for the first time in years. And when she grows close with Jack, another lost soul who won’t talk about his home, it seems she’s found the perfect companion to explore the mountain landscapes with. 

But just as Tegan starts to think maybe safety isn’t a place, it’s a person, she notices the box of photos and newspaper clippings that Jack takes everywhere in the trunk of his car. Who is the woman in every frame? And why does she look so familiar…?

Tegan knows the only way to protect herself, and keep her dark family history locked away, is to discover more about the woman in Jack’s photos. But when she does, will the truth help her build a new life, or will it send her running once more?


Melissa Wiesner is a night-owl who began writing novels about five years ago when her early-to-bed family retired for the evening. In 2019, she won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award in the Mainstream Fiction Category for her first novel. Melissa holds two Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Community Agency Counseling. Her day job is in Social Work where she often encounters people knocked down by hard times but who pick themselves up and keep going, just like the characters of her novels. Melissa lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her charming husband and two adorable children.

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