Restless spirits. Abandoned buildings. Love that lasts forever. These are a few ofM. Jean Pike's favorite things. A professional writer since 1996, Ms. Pike combines a passion for romance with a keen interest in the supernatural to bring readers unforgettable tales of life, love, and the inner workings of the human heart. She writes from her home on a quiet country road in beautiful upstate New York. Her essays and short stories have appeared in GRIT, Bird Times, Anthology, Hindsight, Whispers From Heaven, True Romance, and others.
Abandoned by her husband after receiving a fatal medical diagnosis, Willow Mackenzie is determined to realize her unfulfilled dreams. On a jaunt to a lonely quarry called Baker's Gully in the hope of photographing an eagle, she discovers an abandoned cottage and its reclusive owner, Darby Sullivan. Captivated by the rose-covered dwelling, and intrigued by its stern, sexy owner, Willow knows instinctively she is meant to spend the rest of her life in Baker's Gully... A man of secrets, Darby is content with his hermit-like existence, but troubled by the deadly illness he senses within her, he agrees to rent Willow the cottage, knowing it is the one place on earth that can heal her. But saving Willow's life may cost Darby his own