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A Gift to Cherish

By Victoria Bylin


Rafe Donovan, a cop from Cincinnati, is haunted by a recurring nightmare about the drug death of his high school sweetheart. Those nightmares force him to take leave from his job, seek help, and shelter in Refuge, where he pounds nails for his brother’s construction business. Rafe has no desire to stay in Wyoming. His goal is to get back to being a cop in Ohio as soon as possible.

But then he meets Daisy Riley . . . When he finds her stranded late at night with a flat tire, he’s impressed by her courage. Daisy is equally impressed by him, but as a former victim of violence, she treasures her safe and secure life in Refuge. Together they navigate the road to love—one that’s complicated by the arrival of Daisy’s troubled best friend, online dating, and the impossible obstacle of 1,600 miles between her home and his.

Author Note: This story is about our current dating culture, including the risks of online dating. It also looks at the social mores of 1970s and how those values impact today's women.

Book Takeaway:

It's takes courage to face the past and to start over, but we don't walk that road alone.


Year Title Description
2016 RWA FHL Readers Choice Award Best Contemporary Romance

Why the author wrote this book:

I work part-time in an office with several women in their 20s and 30s. Dating is a popular topic! Their stories (and heartaches) inspired A Gift To Cherish. Our modern dating culture is full of pitfalls for men and women alike. But people still fall in love and triumph over adversity. That's what this book is about.


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