A Guarded Heart

Two years ago, physical therapist Elaine Ritter’s life changed in an instant when her beloved sister died unexpectedly. Since that heartbreaking loss, Elaine has transformed from fun-loving aunt to insecure adoptive mother of her four-year-old nephew, Colton.

When Elaine meets and begins to date flirtatious photojournalist Brent Jacobs, she wonders if it’s possible to be the mother Colton needs and also the independent woman she misses. As she relaxes the stranglehold on her heart, her tentative friendship with playdate partner and fellow single parent, Nate Brennan, also deepens.

Elaine’s relationships are thrown into chaos when a ghost from her turbulent childhood resurfaces. With her carefully constructed life crumbling, protecting herself—and Colton—is now more important than ever. The problem is Elaine’s self-imposed walls may also cost her a chance at love.

A Guarded Heart was a finalist for The Carolyn Readers Choice Award. ◆