I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Plot was well thought out,interesting and book was full of emotions. Jack was the son of immigrant Canadians, whose parents were poor and worked in the Mill Plant. Jessie was the daughter of the richest man in town, owner of the Mill Plant. They both met in highschool and fell madly and passionately in love. One night, her father catches them and prohibits her to see Jack. Apparently, Jack was not good enough for her. When Jessie's father finds out she is pregnant, he threatens to send Jack to jail for rape. In exchange, Jessie agrees to leave town, marry a boy her father approved of.
Jack is devastated by Jessie's departure and what he thought her betrayal. Ten years later, Jack comes back to town, he has become a very rich and wealthy man. He has planned revenge against Jessie and her dad by taking over the Mill plant. Jack was so full of anger and hurt he couldn't see or feel anything else. Jessie was coming home, now that her father was extremely ill. She needed to settle all the debts her father had, see to his medical needs and take care of her younger sister who as getting ready to go to college. When Jack saw Jessie after so long, he knew that he had to have her and that he had to make her pay for breaking his heart. He essentially blackmails her into marrying him. In exchange, he would save her father's reputation, pay for this medical bills and pay for her younger sister's college tuition.
She accepts because she finds herself with no better alternative, but also because she still loved him after so many years. She was hoping that after being married, his feelings towards her would change and that she could make him happy. Jack treated her poorly, did not communicate with her, kept her at arms length in every aspect of his life, except for in the bed. When they were together, no words were needed. Their bodies expressed what their words were not saying to each other. Was this enough for Jessie? How long can she keep that up?
Story kept me interested. I couldn't put the book down and wanted to see what would happen next or if they were both going to open themselves up. Book was well written. I could feel both characters' emotions even though they were so different. I could feel his anger, but at the same time his love and desire for her. She loved him and wanted to make this work with him. The ending was very touching and sweet. I loved reading it and will probably read more from this author.