Here’s one thing you must know. The mountains of Colorado are, in a word, breathtaking. We have massive vistas, death defying cliff faces, silence, and snow. Living in the Colorado Mountains means skiing, hiking, biking and running. It also means, if you are careless, sudden and violent death. Nature doesn’t care, and she has no patience for inattention. The slightest misstep can mean a thousand-foot fall to the rocks below, or dying of cold in the snows. Careless fires mean thousands of acres may burn in a single night.
Aiden Kincaid knows all these things. A Colorado Wildland Firefighter and volunteer for the Cedar Ridge Search-and-Rescue, as well as a city firefighter, Aiden and his partner, Mitch, work brutally hard to protect the mountains they love. They know these mountains as they know their own souls.
Lily Danville once knew these mountains just as well as Aiden. She climbed and skied, ran and hiked. But then, her beloved sister dies, trying to match her older sister’s daring climb of Dead Man’s Cliff. Ashley’s death was horrific enough – but her father’s heart attack and death at Ashley’s funeral completely destroys Lily’s life. Fleeing the mountains she loves so much, she moves to San Diego to start a new life, far away from painful memories and crushing guilt. It wasn’t her fault – she wasn’t even there when Ashley died – but it means nothing to the guilt. She left it all behind.
Now, Lily is back. Crushed and broken again, she comes home to heal, and to try to come to grips with her pain, grief and guilt. Of course, healing from such terrible losses isn’t easy. Not even close. But with her old friends around her, good memories as well as the bad, Lily just might be able to rebuild her life and learn to love the Colorado Mountains once more. And maybe even Aiden?
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.