Beaver Creek, Ohio, cannot contain Annabelle Larson. She's grown into a striking young woman of seventeen with equally imposing dreams and ambitions. The next stop for Annabelle is the big city, and only her distant cousin Thaddeus Larson stands in her way. But not for long.
Annabelle has much to learn about life and love, and the lessons exact a price. What begins as a flippant rejection of loving man ends with the news that Thad is now engaged to another in Boston. What begins as a victory march into Dayton ends quietly in a humble orphange run by her brother-in-law Luke.
Will Annabelle realize love again...or have her lofty ambitions obscured her view? This sequel to Proper Intentions continues the tumultuous saga of the early American frontier.