Eighteen years is a long time to stay away from home. But when Joy Hudson left Kentucky, she was running from memories of one tragic night. Now family duties have forced her to return and make a new start in the town she thought she's left behind forever. Yet she discovers she cannot erase the past. With her parents, she must renew the bonds that time and distance have frayed. With reminders of her old life everywhere, she must let go of the sorrow from the long-ago accident that killed her best friend. And with Jeff Bradford, the awkward teenager she's blamed for the accident and now the handsome doctor caring for her father, she must find the courage to risk her heart.....and fulfill the promise of a love that has been a long time coming.