She’s an Amish beauty with a love of reading, hiding a painful secret. He’s a reclusive, scarred military hero who won’t let anyone in. Can true love really be enough?
On her way home from the bookstore, Belle’s buggy crashes in front of the old mansion that everyone else avoids, of all places. Though she just moved to Unity, Maine, she’s already heard the rumors of the vicious beast of a man who lives there, tormented by tragedies of his past. But Belle’s not afraid of monsters.
What she finds inside the mansion is not a monster, but a man. Scarred both physiologically and physically by the horrors of military combat, Cole’s burned and disfigured face tells the story of all he lost to the war in a devastating explosion. He’s been hiding from the world ever since.
After Cole ends up hiring her as his housekeeper and caretaker for his firecracker of a grandmother, Belle can’t help her curiosity as she wonders what exactly Cole does in his office all day.
Why is Cole’s office so off-limits to Belle? What is he hiding in there?
A mysterious hand-written letter, a sweet dog named Beast, buried regrets, and their mutual love of books will either bring them closer or tear them apart, but only if Cole can lower his guard and let someone in again.