"In life, you often have to take the risk of being misunderstood. That's what I've done. I love my family, you know that. But I can't trust them with the money. . . My daddy's cousin tried to find a way to steal all our property back during the Depression. Got to watch out for property hawks. . . I've seen too many families ripped apart over inheritances."
Then why in the world had her Nana Dale stipulated in her will that Allie's inheritance be sold to a developer upon her death? What about Allie's dream, the one she thought that her grandmother shared? They had talked over and over again about an equine therapy center, but in the end Allie was going to lose everything; the house, the land, her future with Austin. Well, if the truth were known, Allie had lost Austin all by herself. She had been determined, or in his words "obsessed", with finding answers that were apparently hidden in a small wooden chest which Allie couldn't seem to locate. What secrets could the diminutive woman with a fierce passion for faith and family (and horses! especially horses!) have kept hidden away all of these years?. . . monumental ones.
"Life is a paradox, Allie. When you learn to embrace it all, let it mix together like molasses in oats, well, the sweet fragrance comes out. Even when life stinks."
Upon first glance this book reads like two totally different stories . . . until they aren't. Granted, it's lengthy and the word count made me realize that in order to fully appreciate the depth that I needed to take breaks, needed to let the impact and the emotions sink in before bravely pushing ahead. For this is a courageous story for these characters to tell. They not only have to move forward, they have to look inward and we all know how painful that can be at times, but we haven't been left to our own devices. . . . " faith don't stop the horrible things. But faith helps you walk through those things, whipped and angry and screaming on the inside. . . And the surprising thing is that the Good Lord will fill up all that emptiness with good things".
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
For as long as she can remember, Allie Massey, a gifted physical therapist, has dreamed of making her grandparents' ten-acre estate into a trauma recovery center using equine therapy--a dream her grandmother, Nana Dale, embraced wholeheartedly. But when her grandmother's will is read, Allie is shocked to learn the property has been sold to a developer.
Decades earlier, headstrong Dale Butler's driving passion is to bring home the prized filly her family lost to the Great Depression, but with World War II looming, she's called upon in ways she never could have imagined. And while her world expands to include new friends and new love, tragedy strikes close to home one fateful night during the Battle of the Atlantic, changing her life forever.
As Nana Dale's past comes to light in Allie's search for answers, Dale's courage and persistence may be just what Allie needs to carry on her grandmother's legacy and keep her own dreams alive.