Ruth Livingstone's life is suddenly changed when her father, Reverend Livingston, places a young child in her care and sends her away from her home, to a small village in New Jersey. She can tell no one her real name and must act as if the child is hers, until her father can be cleared of serious charges against him and the child's dead mother.
Ruth finds her new life hard for many reasons, but finds some solace tending a forgotten garden along the River. Here she meets Jake Spencer, a man recovering from a serious fall (or so he says). He also is in town hiding his identity so he can "get the scoop" on Ruth for the newspaper he works for. Both have a lot they are hiding from each other and so their whole relationship is based on lies. But love does begin to bloom. Then the secrets come out and that tender blossoming love will see if it can stand the test of time.
I liked the story, but was a little confused throughout the story why Ruth's father did what he did with the child and with his daughter Ruth. It will become clear near the end of the story. It was not a fast paced, action packed, romance read, but a "slow and steady wins the race" kind of book.