As a young girl, Elle Beaumont wanted nothing more than for Noah Garrett to love her. But when she accidentally revealed a stunning family secret, she sent him running away from her and the life he knew. Now, ten years later, he's back in Pilot Island, North Carolina, but the Elle of today is much different from the Elle of youth. She isn't willing to chase what won't be hers freely. Can Noah and Elle overcome the past that both binds and separates them?
This is a great read for any fan of historical romance. Tracy Sumner writes two characters who have been hurt so badly that they are bound and determined to stick to the things that they know will keep them safe. Elle has a sadness about her that is so real, and the way Noah hides behind spectacles and books is a true portrayal of a man burned. Some great interactions and good conflict!