He gave an apologetic smile.
The old Emma would have been embarrassed to realize that someone had been watching her all that time.
After closing her eyes, she smelled more strongly the wild roses growing on the other side of the rock, past the deep water.
Mercer was wiping away a single tear.
But as she takes his household in hand and becomes entwined with the family, she begins to fall in love with all of them.
A soft tap came at her door.