(from the back cover) Corrine Webb is like a duck out of water. A Texas flower stuck in a snowstorm is more like it. Fortunately, the talented Lone Star chef has found shelter in an abandoned hotel, where she discovers a sheriff's badge at the bottom of an old hope chest. She has no idea that touching it will send her careening back in time to the elegant Chesterfield Hotel of 1886--or that she'd meet the man of her dreams in Police chief Jess Garrett. Now, the rugged lawman is helping Corrine finance her own restaurant and, together, they're sharing a taste of the most glorious, smoldering passion. But when a dark figure from Jess's past threatens to tear them apart, they both must discover that nothing--not even time--can separate two hearts united by love.