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About the book
They say you should never go back, but glamorous Ronnie Percy did just that, to the home she ran away from with her lover.
But not everyone is finding it easy to forgive and forget.
Daughter Pax, fighting for custody of her small son as her own marriage disintegrates, is furious to have to spend New Year’s Eve waiting for some stranger her mother has invited to help run the family stud farm.
Even more annoyed is the staunchly loyal stud head groom, Lester. Does Ronnie think he’s lost his touch with the horses? And anyway, who is this so-called Horsemaker, Luca O’Brien? Why does he seem to be running away from something? And what is the true story of his relationship with grey stallion Beck, once destined for the Olympics, now broken and unrideable, screaming his anger from the Compton Magna stables.
Passionate, sexy, gripping, laced with her trademark wisdom and humour, this is bestselling Fiona Walker at her dazzling best.
This is the second book in the Compton Magna series and I haven’t read the first but suspect I would have enjoyed this story much more had I done so. It starts with Horsemaker, Luca O’Brien, being distracted whilst dastardly deeds are being planned…. After this action packed start it slows down to a more leisurely pace as friends enjoy chatting along as they ride. It is a story of families, divorce, relationships, mysteries and so much more – as well as the beloved horses, of course!
There are a plethora of characters involved and I had problems sorting out who means what to whom and the relationships between them all, though this becomes clearer as the story progresses. I definitely think reading the first book in the series would have helped overcome this initial obstacle to loving this story. It actually is worth persevering as the intrigue, mystery, relationships and potential romances develop with plenty of twists, turns and humour.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
About the author
Fiona Walker is the author of eighteen novels, from tales of flat-shares and clubbing in nineties London to today’s romping, rural romances set amid shires, spires and stiles. In a career spanning over two decades, she’s grown up alongside her readers, never losing her wickedly well-observed take on life, lust and the British in love. She lives in Warwickshire, sharing a slice of Shakespeare Country with her partner, their two daughters and a menagerie of animals. fionawalker.com @fionawalkeruk facebook.com/fiona.walker.16568
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Many thanks to Aria for gifting me a copy of this book via NetGalley, providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read this book.