This is an "unputdownable" love story, taut with suspense, filled with passion and romance...and also a unique tale of time-travel. Lisa Kleypas certainly outdoes herself with this novel.
Addie Peck, an orphan, raised by her beloved Aunt Leah, is 20 years old. She is an independent, caring young woman, a hardworking nurse, yet a bit of a flapper in 1930s, Sunrise, Texas. She & her aunt have worked and scrimped very hard to survive in this time of The Great Depression. Now her aunt is dying of cancer. Addie is trying to face a new life, a future alone, in a town where she has never felt she belonged. She has many suitors but has never loved except for her aunt, and, of course the parents she cannot remember. She has a recurring dream of a dark, mysterious stranger who comes to her at night and loves her passionately. She feels that, whoever he is, wherever he is, they belong together - she wants to be with him in reality. She also has a frightening dream of an old man with green eyes who stares at her and whispers, "Adeline. Adeline, where have you been?"
Aunt Leah had often told Addie tales of their family history. She talked about her own grandfather, Addie's great-grandfather, Russell Warner. Warner was a self-made man and owned a large and thriving cattle ranch in Sunrise in the 1880s. He was murdered when Leah was just 10 years old. The murderer had never been caught. The prime suspect was Warner's right-hand man, Ben Hunt, a handsome cowboy, foreman, and a transplanted Harvard man. (a REALLY smart cowboy! :)) He left the ranch after Russell Warner died. Then there was Adeline Warner, Russell's favorite child, and the one most like him...even though she was a daughter. She was beautiful, looked just like Addie, her namesake, but unlike Addie she was spoiled and selfish. She disappeared mysteriously a few months before her father's death, and no one ever heard from her again or discovered any information about her. Caroline, Leah's mother and Adeline's older sister, left Texas with her husband and daughter and resettled in North Carolina. Her mother and brother went with them, always preferring the refinements of the East to the wild Texan ways. And the once grand ranch died. Only Leah returned to Sunrise, Texas, to live out her adult years and raise her niece.
Then, the night before Leah's death, a stranger comes to the small town of Sunrise. He is an old man with remarkable bottle-green eyes. And he can't keep his eyes off of Addie. I won't spoil this extraordinary story for you by telling more. However, if you are a Lisa Kleypas fan, this is one of her best. And if you just like to read good fiction that will totally absorb you, this is it!