Sculptor Tug Palifax has attained great success as an artist...complete with gallery showings, lucrative sales, and a growing following in the New York art world. But the truth is that he's lost the passion for his art and the vision that has sustained him. Trying to rediscover his muse, Tug decides to leave the steamy summer in Manhattan for three months at an arts colony in the Virginia countryside.
A beautiful and inspiring oasis, Limespring Arts Center is the sort of place that draws artists back year after year. And it isn't long before Tug is falling under its spell, and pouring his newfound energies into his sketches. Then, one night at dinner, he meets Alyssa Brown.
Ten years ago, Alyssa was a working actress. Now, married with a grown daughter, she divides her time between Washington, D.C., and Finally Farm, her beloved retreat just down the road from Limespring. At first Alyssa pegs Tug - with his contagious smile and easy charm - as the type who has a girl in every gallery. Then she gets to know him, and there's no turning back. Suddenly, Alyssa is awakening to emotions she thought she'd never experience again. And it is the sheer happiness she feels with Tug that shocks her into seeing exactly what she has become: a woman who has lost the passion in her marriage and, in the process, the best part of herself.
Yet how can Alyssa walk away from the man with whom she's spent twenty years? And if she dares to leave her husband, he will take the retreat that means everything to her. Finally Farm has been Alyssa's stage and her playground, the place where her soul takes wing... and where her deepest sorrows are buried. Even as she falls for Tug, Alyssa must face an agonizing choice: Which of her two greatest loves will she lose?
"A thoroughly engaging, romantic love story."