Trista Mews, the daughter of missionaries, believes in always having a sunny disposition no matter what life throws at a person. And lately, life has thrown a lot her way. Even when she finds herself homeless and friendless in a new town she doesn’t allow circumstances to shake her faith.
Help comes to her through a very kind, very old, godly gentleman. Uncle Oli gives her a small cottage on his estate just before he passes. The rest of his possessions are left to his nephew, Seth, including the grand manor that is filled with secrets. Being the curious person she is, Trista is determined to unravel every mystery. Unfortunately, Seth isn’t as welcoming as his Uncle Oli was. While he’s drawn to Trista’s joy and carefree attitude, he knows they can never have a future together. He fervently believes the men in his family are destined to be alone, and so far his life has proven that to be true.
Trista finds her new neighbor to be attractive and intriguing, but he doesn’t want anyone getting close to him. She quickly realizes Seth’s outward gruffness covers a lot of inner pain and she’s determined to get to the bottom of his secrets. He needs to realize God’s love will set him free. Despite his best efforts to keep Trista at arms’ length, Seth finds himself falling in love with her and it terrifies him because he knows he’ll lose her.
At the same time, Trista is trying to unravel the mystery of her own future. She wants to put down roots in her new home, but she’s not sure what plans God has for her. To complicate matters, her friendship with Seth has developed into something much deeper. She’s torn between staying in the little cottage that was gifted to her, and returning to help her parents. She loves working with her parents on assignment, yet she doesn’t feel the same deep calling to foreign missions. Should she stay and prove to Seth he doesn’t have to be alone anymore? Or should she go back to what’s familiar? And if she goes, will she leave her heart behind?