It's been a few months since I read this book and have had trouble getting it out of my system. HQN books are too short to bother with a synopsis, but what I will say about this book is I WEPT. I mean I was crying so bad I couldn't read the words. Props to Ms. Lowe for an exceptionally told tale where my heart broke with Elly's, I wanted to scream when she was screaming, and I wanted Gabe to suffer just one iota of pain he inflicted on Elly, not just having some shit ass life he brought on himself. No surprise there was a happy ending, which is why I read these books, but it wasn't easy emotionally getting there.Changed from 4 to 5 stars cause any book that affects me for this long deserves the highest rating.