A gifted trainer in a time women are not allowed to race, Nora Fenton prefers horses to men. They're easier to handle, they're more reliable, and they never tell her what to do. After her father's passing, Nora is determined to save her struggling horse farm, starting with entering her prize colt into the harness races at the 1905 Mississippi Fair. If she wins, she may have a chance at independence. But when a stranger arrives and starts asking disconcerting questions, she suspects he may have other motives than unseating her in the training job that is rightfully hers.
Silas Cavallero will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of his father's death--even if it means training an unwieldy colt for Nora, who wants nothing more than to see him gone. But when mysterious accidents threaten their safety and circumstances shrouded in secrets begin unlocking clues to his past, Silas will have to decide if the truth is worth risking ruining everything for the feisty woman he's come to admire.
I was swept into the world of horses, family secrets, greed, and murder in this excellent story set in the deep south. After I finished it I wanted to read it again right away.
Nora Fenton is a woman ahead of her time. She is an excellent horsewoman who wants nothing more than to spend time training her horse, Arrow. The only problem is women are to be ladies, attend parties, and defer to men. I loved Nora’s strong convictions, even if it will cost her and her family everything for her to follow her heart and the truth to be discovered about the horse farm she dearly loves.
Silas Cavallero’s training techniques blend so well with Nora’s that I couldn’t wait to see how the two of them would work things out. The interaction between Nora and Silas was what made this book the ideal romance.
I adored this book! It left me with hope that all things will work together for good and the satisfaction that the villain’s plans were thwarted. I highly recommend it for readers of all ages that like rich, well developed stories, enjoy figuring out mysteries, like to see justice served, and people grow in their faith.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was not expected to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Rating: 5/5 stars