I think after reading this book, I need to take a few days before I read anything else. I was so moved by this book. One side of Houston's face was severely scarred from an injury he received in the Civil war. He was only 15 when this happened and he has been a broken sad person since this time. He is sent on a two week journey to bring his brothers intended bride back to the ranch as his brother Dallas has broken his leg and is unable to do so himself. I won't say more so I won't add any spoilers. There is a heartbreaking, wonderful love story in these pages that I will not forget. Definitely will go into my reread pile. Hope the other two in the series are as good.