Thirty-five-year-old Ella Graham is a portrait painter whose career is taking off. At a fundraising event, Ella’s half-sister, Chloe, makes the winning bid in an auction for an Ella Graham portrait commission. The portrait will be of her fiancé, Nate, as a surprise engagement present for him. There’s just one problem—Ella can’t stand Nate, and painting him is the last thing she wants to do.
But as they spend time together in the studio, Ella finds her feelings towards Nate are changing, and she begins to realize—to her horror—that she is not simply warming to him but is falling in love. Chloe, newly promoted at work and busy reining in her mother’s overly enthusiastic wedding planning, is completely unaware that the two people she cares most about are falling for each other.
To make things worse, after being out of the picture for thirty years, Ella’s father, John, contacts her out of the blue—and Ella wants nothing to do with him. But then she makes a startling discovery about her parents’ relationship that turns everything she has known about family and loyalty on its head. Desperate to protect Chloe from heartbreak, but anguished by her growing love for Nate, Ella can’t imagine tearing her family apart by revealing her true feelings. But will the wedding tear her apart instead?