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One day, a strange man arrives at the Rydell River Ranch looking for Lillian Rydell. He appears out of nowhere, leaving Lillian shaken and guilt-ridden. How the hell, after all these years, did the father of her only child find her? He is totally unaware of the son they conceived. Long ago, Lillian accepted her life as a single mother, and proceeded to set up a successful veterinarian practice in the town she was raised in.
It was smooth sailing until Matt Griffin showed up. But how can she trust him, a complete stranger, with her precious son’s life? She can’t. She won’t. She will however, meet Matt, and unbeknownst to him, secretly administer the interview of his life. Can Matt fill the enormous role of becoming the father of her child?
Lillian shows up in Westport, the oceanside town where Matt lives and works as a charter boat captain. Although he wonders why she’s there, he isn’t about to lose another shot, possibly his last, with her. Little does he realize what Lillian is about to bring into his life: pivotal changes more immense than the ocean he sails on every day.
When he meets his six-year-old son, Matt has no idea what to do with the boy, but sincerely wants to learn how to be a dad. But there is no ocean where Matt can charter a boat in River’s End, but he also can’t be a real father to his only son from half a state away. Can they find a compromise? One that shows them how to prevail over the challenges that separate them?

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