Author: Mardi Alexander
Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing
Cover Artist: Jeanine Henning
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/14/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Western
Major Sorla Reardon, wounded in Iraq, returns home to the family farm in Australia to heal both her body and her soul. She pushes herself to rebuild her family’s legacy while battling the PTSD that threatens to overwhelm her.
Local saddler and horse trainer Riley Johnson knows that to get along in a small town, one simply has to make the best of what life hands out. Riley’s philosophy is to keep life as uncomplicated as possible. And falling in love with Sorla is as complicated as it gets.
As Sorla’s dream is realized, Riley’s predictable, safe world begins to unravel. Secrets are revealed as prejudice and ignorance run wild. Having only ever walked through life alone, Riley must now learn to trust another, as danger dances ever closer.
Sorla, Claire and Ed are all vets home from the war. They have settled down on Sorla’s family farm to heal and begin a new chapter in their lives. Sorla meets Riley while in buying supplies. Its lust at first sight. Riley is the best horse trainer in town so Sorla asks her to help them with some green horses She does and the two cautiously start a relationship as each woman wears scars both physical and mental. There is a whole lot more to the story but I will leave it for you to discover.
I loved the horse and country story line that the book took place in. It is one of my favourite scenarios and settings. This book was even better because of the soldier aspect. Who doesn’t love a wounded warrior who heals in the arms of a woman when that woman needs healing too. Wonderful!
There were enough obstacles to over come and action to keep the story moving along at a good pace. I was just going to read a chapter or two before I went to run errands but before I knew it I was six chapters in. Most of the characters were easy to love and sympathize with. I liked watching them grow and learn from each other and become a family. Despite the good story and great characters the writing was a bit lacking. I’m not really sure how to explain it, it just didn’t have the magic I expected. However, it is a good story and fully held my attention. I am looking forward to more books from Ms Alexander!!
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