The protagonist, Tess Hartsong (get it?), a midwife, has run away to Runaway Mountain (get it?) in Tennessee in the wake of widowhood. Ian North has run away there from other demons. The question is whether they will dance away together? The big hint we get before we start is that the author is one of America’s most successful romance writers. Regardless of whether we suspend disbelief about the outcome or not, Phillips has the skills to make the journey enchanting. "Ian and Tess are pitch-perfect in this sweet and sizzling stand-alone story from best-selling Phillips." - Library Journal. "Phillips layers this poignant love story with robust descriptions of mountain scenery and society, and a well-handled subplot about Tess’s fight for comprehensive sex education for the town’s teens. This stirring romance is sure to capture readers’ hearts." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)."In this superbly written stand-alone, this master storyteller's flair for highly imaginative plots and flawless characterization are on full display, resulting an emotionally enriching, breathtakingly brilliant tale of heartbreak and hope... lively writing liberally laced with multiple layers of delicious wit and snarky charm." - Booklist (starred review). The author, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, is the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Favorite Book of the Year Award and one of their Lifetime Achievement Award winners. She is credited with creating the sports romance sub-genre, although this book does not fit in that category. She lives in the Chicago suburbs.
New York: William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2020. 383 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.