From back of the book: "For years Tanya had dreamed of the day she'd be free, and able to be with the young son for whom she'd sacrificed everything. Antonio was her baby, her entire reason for living.
Ramon had known that someday, some way, his adopted son's mother would return. For Antonio, he'd tried to build a secure and loving home. But for Tanya, his deep brown eyes spoke of passion, not just security...life, not just existence. Only he could give her back her son, but could she find the courage to accept everything else he offered?"
The story begins with a tragedy: Tanya Bishop shot and killed her drunken, abusive husband and was sent to prison for murder. Eleven years later, she returned to claim the baby son, Antonio, that she'd left behind. In the intervening years, Antonio has been raised by his father's cousin, Ramon Quezada. Now, Tanya faces the concern of how her son will accept her as well as her growing awareness and attraction to Ramon.
Letters that Tanya wrote to her son during her imprisonment are interspersed throughout the story, and provide a loving insight into Tanya, her life and the pain of not being with her son. This is a touching story that tugs on the heart strings as we watch Tanya become reacquainted with her son - first as a stranger (the new cook) and then her acceptance by Antonio as he realizes that she is his mother. Well written and highly recommended!