Janna Whitley didn’t expect to end up hiding out in the isolated mountain community of Fawn Creek, Arizona, working as a housekeeper to rancher Seth Brody. But then, she hadn’t expected to be betrayed by her fiance or manipulated by her wealthy father, which is why she’d fled Los Angeles. She needed to hide out, cool down, and decide on her next move. The Diamond B was the perfect place. More
Janna Whitley has fled Los Angeles with no real plan in mind of what she’s going to do. Deeply in shock after walking into what was to be her new home to find her fiance in bed with another woman, she ran first to her father who admitted he’d manipulated the entire engagement because he wanted to see her safely settled. After pointing out that he has no right to arrange her life, she flees the city using a mode of transportation which her father would never expect her to use – a cross-country bus. Her seatmate, Sue, tells her all about the job she’s going to as housekeeper at a remote ranch in Arizona’s White Mountains, but by the time they reach southeastern Arizona, Sue is very ill with appendicitis. Before Sue is swept off to the hospital, Janna promises she’ll cover the job temporarily as she quickly realizes it would be the perfect place to hide out, cool down, and decide on her next move until Sue is well enough to take over, but she won’t tell Seth exactly who she is or what she’s running from until she has to. Seth Brody doesn’t like this idea at all. This gorgeous girl with her curly red hair, sassy attitude and designer clothes would never fit in at the ranch. Against his better judgment, Seth allows himself to be convinced to give Janna the job until Sue is well. When they reach the Diamond B and discover that his partner, elderly Emelyn Carr has been hurt, he’s glad Janna is there, though he’s still not sure how much help she’ll be. While Emelyn is recovering, Janna takes over and in spite of a number of stumbles, manages to keep everyone fed and the household running. She willingly learns to perform chores around the ranch that she’d never even known existed and she loves being in a place where she feels useful and valued. Seth admires Janna’s willingness to jump in and do what needs to be done but he doesn’t dare hope she’ll want to stay. He’s seen this happen before, a newcomer to this isolated community stays for a while then has to hurry back to civilization. In fact, he saw it in his own mother who took him away from the place he loved because she longed for life in the city. As Janna begins to realize she’s truly in love with him and wants to stay, Seth discovers that he knows very little about her including who she really is why she’s hiding out in the mountains.