Janie Holcomb is a thirty-nine-year-old mother with two grow-up children who’ve just left the homestead to find their new lives at university.
John’s been her loving and loyal husband since high school when he put his hands to work to provide for his beloved but unexpected family.
They raised two smart and capable kids, ran a homestead, and built up a valuable snow plow business.
Young strangers in their home is nothing new; they’ve hosted teenagers from all over the world—offering room and board in trade for farm chores. It helped their kid learn first hand about foreign cultures and they forged friendships around the globe.
When their son finds a Home Exchange program through his school, John and Jane are all for it. Evan’s going to spend six weeks in Italy—he’ll be swapping bedrooms with an art student from Rome.
It’s nothing new for the Holcombs—except this isn’t a kid staying with them this time, it’s a twenty-year-old man.
Maceo DeSanctis is an artist. He’s tall, striking, talented. He has smoldering dark eyes. Their daughter and her friends notice. Janie notices, too, but Maceo is half her age.
John drives plow, and when the winter storms come he’s away from the homestead sometimes as long as forty hours. Janie’s all alone with Maceo, and the young man is charming and thoughtful.
Janie dropped out of high school to give birth. There were things she missed, a promised part of her life taken away so she could raise her children. She wouldn’t have it any other way. But spending time with Maceo pulls the blinds from that part of her that is missing. She’s an artist, too, and there’s so much she can learn, and this amazing young man wants to teach her…
This is the first book in a series
In this book: Maceo arrives from Italy and greets the Holcomb family and arrives at their homestead. Janie shows him the way to his school and introduces him to rural American life. His charm and warmth bring something out of her. They begin painting together and she cherishes the lessons he has for her..