Can a bright future dispel the shadows of a dark past?Young mother of two, Hallie Rhodes, is on the run from a past that has left her battered and bruised. With one child barely clinging to the edge of life, she is determined to do whatever it takes to save her family. Her trek away from the dangers of the Californian gold district leads her to a town nestled in the safety of the mountains, filled with people that are willing to help her—but will she ever truly be safe?With a blood-thirsty, power hungry, 49er on her tail, willing to use every resource available to locate the missing woman and her children, Hallie is determined to keep a low profile. Yet, despite her best efforts, and the attempt to begin life anew, the small family knows that they can never truly escape the past. But Hallie’s not the only one looking out for her family, and as new love begins to blossom, Hallie wonders if she can finally let her guard down.Will Hallie be able heal old wounds, or is it only a matter of time before their nightmares, once again, become reality?This clean and wholesome Christian historical romance is the first novella in the Piper's Peak series, which can be enjoyed in any order.