Matt Pendleton is forty two years old, a widower, with four children.
Matt is a detective with the Seattle Police Department, partnered for eight years by his good friend Paul Meccelli.
Matt shared a successful and happy marriage for fifteen years with Caroline, whom he met at high school. When Caroline Pendleton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after the birth of their fourth child, Matt did everything in his power to support, nurse and comfort his wife. He was devastated when she died and he’s struggled to come to terms with her loss ever since.
When we meet Matt, he is lonely and desperate for company. At the suggestion of his friend, Paul, Matt makes an appointment to spend an afternoon with an escort. Matt isn’t comfortable with the idea, but he’s growing desperate for the touch of a woman, something he’s missed for eighteen long months.
Meeting ‘Sienna’ at the hotel, Matt is absolutely overwhelmed by her beauty and sweet nature. While their meeting is a disaster, Matt finds that afterwards, he can’t get the young woman out of his mind.
Matt’s eldest daughter is Courtney, who is ‘fifteen, going on twenty five’
Courtney was thirteen when her mother died, and she’s struggled to cope ever since. She has a difficult relationship with Matt, and does things to garner attention, such as deciding to get her bellybutton pierced, when she knows it will make Matt crazy.
Courtney loves her father, but struggles to show him any affection after her mother’s death. A fifteen year old girl finds adolescence difficult enough, but to losing her mother has made Courtney’s journey to adulthood more difficult than it is for other teenagers.
Courtney worries about her father’s career as a detective, although she hasn’t spoken to him regarding the subject, she deeply fears losing her only remaining parent to the dangers of his job.
Harper Pendleton is Matt’s second daughter. Twelve years old, she’s the mother hen of the family, providing support to her siblings after the loss of their mother. Harper can be very bossy, and annoys her father and siblings with her necessity for interfering in their business, but her actions are based on her desire to have everyone do the right thing.
Brandon is nine years old, and Matt and Caroline Pendleton’s only son. Brandon loves playing X-box with his friends, and is known to challenge his grandfather to the occasional game.
Brandon enjoys sport, he plays baseball with a local team on the weekends, and when Matt can’t make the games, Brandon is happy to attend with his grandfather.
The youngest member of the Pendleton family, Millie is five years old. She adores her father and grandparents, and is a bright and happy child.
Millie’s mother died when she was only three years old, so Millie has very few memories of Caroline. Matt tries to keep Caroline’s memory alive in Millie’s heart, by sharing stories and pictures of her with Millie.
Millie loves drawing and watching Disney stories. Her favorite movie is Frozen. She loves jelly beans of any flavor and adores her siblings.