This is a powerfully moving story of hope, love, patience and healing. I loved it.
Kelsey Blaine runs a horse rescue centre on land she’s renting from her neighbour. She’s distraught when he tells her he’s sold the land, she’s not sure where she can move the horses to or where she’ll live. When she returns to her home to discover workmen have already emptied it of her belongings and are knocking it down – the final straw, she angrily goes to confront the person she believes is the new owner of the land, someone known locally as ‘Crazy Joe’. He’s a reclusive person who has never been seen to interact with the small town community of Whiskey River. That’s the start of a brilliant story which starts with antagonism, leads to understanding and develops into trust and love- sorry don’t want to give any other spoilers away, you really need to read it for yourself!
The story involves horses and people healing after horrendous abuse and loss. It is a story where Kelsey’s determination, love and hope in the face of adversity are key to breaking down personal barriers, overcoming fears and learning to trust and love. The traumatic childhood experiences, their impact on attitudes, behaviours and relationships are heart rending and the author brings them to life so emotively. This is a story that will stay with me and one that I have no hesitation in highly recommending – though you may need some tissues handy at times!
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Still reeling from the unexpected sale of the land she and her horses live on, horse rescuer Kelsey Blaine is frantic when she comes home to find her possessions already boxed up and her house being bulldozed without any notice. Normally calm and kind, Kelsey becomes furious and impulsively cuts a privacy fence to confront the culprit–her mysterious neighbor, Joe.
Joe Kilcoyne is in a desperate place. He guards his secrets and hides from the world for a reason. He’s the hottest topic of speculation around Whiskey River, but no one has ever dared to get close to him. That is, until fiery Kelsey comes barging straight into his life.
The last thing Joe needs is for Kelsey to breach his defenses and make him confront his past. But when her sunny, open, and determined personality collide with a haunted man with no idea how to reconnect with the world, the sparks that ignite shock them both.