Emma Garrett is eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring, when her family plans to reunite in Candlewood. Together they will celebrate her birthday at Hill House, the boardinghouse she oversees. Though anxious to introduce her sons to Zachary Breckenwith, the man she’s been courting, her sons’ own problems — and wounds deeply hidden since childhood — soon overshadow her joy.

As Zachary presses Emma for an answer to his marriage proposal, her initial elation falters and she finds herself riddled with doubts. Can she still be the woman God created her to be and live in harmony with the desires and expectations of her husband-to-be?