Maude Harkey is resigned to a loveless life until a baby is born — and orphaned — at her boardinghouse home. She’ll never be a wife … but she can still be a mother. Yet a boardinghouse is no place for a newborn.

Enter Jonas MacLaren—a handsome, exasperating rancher with an offer too good to refuse.
Jonas can handle running a ranch — but handling his cantankerous mother is another matter. Maude matches his mother’s stubbornness so she’ll be a perfect live-in companion. But she’s there for his mother, not for him. He’ll just have to keep his wounded heart closed to her beauty, her humor, her warmth and strength — and her irresistibly adorable baby.