Dinah Traynell is trapped in a life that is not her own. Raised in a toxic church, she is forced to surrender mentally and physically to her sociopathic pastor's every demand. Even while mourning the loss of her father, Dinah must hold strong to this role she's reluctantly played all her life. And though she dreams of escape, this is the only world she's ever known. When Dr. Matthew Nicholas appears on Dinah's doorstep in the dark of night, he's burdened with troubles of his own. Leaving behind his university position, Matthew has been traveling to escape the trauma of his old life--that is, until he's robbed of what means he has left for his journey. Stranded, penniless, and still ill-at-ease with his life's turn of events, he'd rather lend a helping hand on a stranger's ranch than go home. Instantly drawn to Dinah, Matthew is torn between his desire to help her and the fear of getting too involved. But as Dinah struggles with the realization that the faith she grew up believing in is not real, and an abandoned baby is unexpectedly dropped into their lives, they must learn to open up and trust one another--if either ever hopes to break free of the past.
Used availability for Shelley Bates's Pocketful of Pearls
November 2006 : USA Library Binding
August 2005 : USA Paperback