Tuesday, October 18, 2022

THE SECRETS of EMBERWILD by Stephenia H. McGee, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Find a better life. Love a good woman. Rest once in awhile."

Some of his mother's last words . . . but was it possible to find a better life, or even rest for awhile when so many questions surrounding the mysterious death of his father still swirled around in his head. Since that horrible night, Silas Cavallero had grown from a boy into a man, a man who now decides to return to the scene of the incident that had so dramatically changed his life. Utilizing his skills as an experienced horse trainer, Silas finds employment at Emberwild Horse Farm where he can continue to ask questions among those in the horse racing community near Philadelphia, Mississippi who might still remember the incident. What he never expected to find? . . . a good woman to love . . . however, it's going to take more than some awkward attempts at flattery (what does a cowboy know about women anyway) and a shared love of horses, to tame Nora Fenton.

As it turns out, "the secrets of Emberwild" might hold the answers to Silas' questions. Sadly, the truth could ruin everything, for both of them.

Filled with passion, this book displays a passion for horses, a passion for family, a passion for the truth, and a sweet display of passion between two rather lost soulmates who discover that a tragedy is just an opportunity for God to "weave a pattern where men's evil and tragedy could somehow be twisted into something beautiful at the end". An exceptional story to be enjoyed by many.

*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 4stars

BackCover Blurb:
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. 

Revell Publishing, October, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy THE SECRETS OF EMBERWILD at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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