Charlotte Bennett has always been different. A birth defect has given her a lifetime of misery and as an adult, the ridicule hasn’t stopped. When preparations for a spring festival begin, the sudden attention from Elijah Collins, the middle son of the local mercantile owner, make her dream of a future she never thought she’d have. But rumors of his impending marriage make her question his motives. Why is he still pursuing her if he plans to be married? And how will she protect her heart if the rumors turn out to be true?