Blessed (or cursed!) with more compassion than he knows what to do with, Gregory Talbott spent his college years leading the chants at rallies to save the whales—or whatever his cause of the week happened to be. Now he’s a small-town preacher, and although he loves the fact that he’s able to spend his days helping others, he isn’t happy about going home to an empty house every night. Which makes it so much harder when the-one-who-got-away comes back into his life. Annabelle Pace gave her life to a lost cause once before. In college, she endured too many nights alone as Gregory chased the latest movement. Back in town after all these years to take care of her grandmother, Annabelle promises herself she won’t repeat the mistakes of the past. But as memories of the good times they shared return, Annabelle is drawn to his side once again. And if Gregory can devote himself to her, she’ll have no choice but to surrender to her passion for the preacher.