A powerful, passionate and moving rural love story from the bestselling author of Promises and Heart of the Valley.
When Callie Reynolds arrives at Glenmore, the property she’s recently inherited, the last thing she wants is to be saddled with a warty horse, an injured neighbour and a mad goose. Haunted by her sister’s death and her fractured family, all she wants is freedom.
But Callie hasn’t counted on falling for Matt Hawkins, an ex-soldier determined to fulfil his own dream of land and family. Nor could she predict the way the land, animals and people of Glenmore will capture her heart.
Callie is faced with impossible choices. But she must find the courage to decide where her future lies, even if it costs her everything she holds dear.
Cathryn Hein has created another engaging rural Australian romance. This oh-so popular genre has a few writers who are head and shoulders above the rest, and Hein is one of them. As with her previous books, this one shows a clear love for and understanding of horses.
I liked the role reversal of sorts in this story, with Matt knowing almost immediately that he wanted a relationship with Callie, and he made no secret of it. As the author points out more than once, it is the little things he does rather than what he says that makes it clear he cares. I also liked the way his occasional loss of confidence over his obvious war scars was portrayed.
It’s always nice to have one of those grovelling moments at the end – makes for some good drama! There’re some secrets that aren’t revealed to Callie until the very end of the book, but I liked the way it was handled.
For lovers of contemporary romance, women’s fiction and anybody who has ever had a thing for horses.