Her teenage girlfriends had laughed when Spring O'Hara revealed her secret dream of marrying Reed Caldwell. She'd spent the happiest moments of her life growing up with him, surrounded by their Canadian apple orchard. But after a tragic accident had left Reed as Spring's guardian, he'd decided to send her away. She'd vowed to hate him forever .. until one day, years later, he stood at her door, as ruggedly handsome as ever. The season of warmth seemed to return when he brought Spring back to the orchard. But he'd hurt her terribly once-could she dare to dream again? "Out with it, " Mary Louise demanded. The secret suddenly seemed too large and too exciting for Spring to keep to herself. "I'm going to marry Reed," she responded softly. The stunned silence that followed was finally broken by one awed question: "Has he asked you?" Suddenly she felt foolish for having revealed her secret longing. "No," she admitted. Not only hadn't he asked, he didn't even know. She'd carefully hidden her feelings from him, along with the clamoring he'd caused in her heart since her sixteenth birthday. Mary Louise snorted derisively. "Dare to dream," she snapped, and the other girls hooted. "Ladies," the firm voice drifted down the hall, "would you kindly shut up? It's three o'clock in the morning." "Who'd want him?" Mary Louise whispered. Me, Spring thought firmly, and she didn't join in the giggles.