Title: Wild Heart: An Equestrian Romance
Author: Carolyn Haley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Horse Romance
She’s afraid to love again, and he’s afraid to love at all...until their shared love for horses shows them how to love each other. In one day at a horse show in 1975, Linny Eagan loses her job, her beloved, and her dream of becoming an equestrian champion. The triple loss forces her to invent a new dream—this time skipping the romance part and trusting only in horses, which can never betray her. Her first try lands her at a public trail-riding stable on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There she meets Con Winston, who dreams of being a Western artist on his own Montana ranch. But he must play family head-games for two more years, when he will inherit a fortune that will make his dream come true. Until then he won’t waver from his path, or give himself to anyone. Yet in working together with horses, he and Linny discover a perfect match of heart and mind. But Linny doesn’t share Con’s dream and won’t ask him to sacrifice it; and Con feels the same way about her dream. When things fall apart at the stable, they regretfully continue in opposite directions, connected only by Con’s half-wild horse. Living apart finally proves to them that dreams need love to sustain them, and the only chance to have both is to reinvent a new dream together.
I was expecting a romance with horses. That characterization of this incredible book doesn't do this work justice. This is a book about life. Yes, there is romance and it is the world of horses but it is so much more.
I couldn't help but think I was reading a modern James Michener. Wild Heart is a sweeping tale that draws the reader in quickly and never lets go. It is so captivating and intense, I had a dream about it the night before I finished it. This book has been a hard to put down on almost since I started it. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
This book screams out to be made into a huge movie. This movie could be a blockbuster. The casting options for Linny and Con are golden. The sets would be divine. This must be made into a feature film.
A fantastic story that was a pure pleasure to read. I recommend it to all readers of romance and horse books but more so, I recommend it to anyone who wants a great story.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Carolyn Haley is a writer, editor, and reviewer living in northern New England. Through her business, DocuMania, she writes articles for regional and national magazines, and commercial copy for catalogues and websites. Mainly she helps other authors with diverse projects through editing, production, and education. Ms. Haley began writing novels in her teens, and in adulthood found her niche in hybrid romance. The Aurora Affair delves into questions about anomalies, spirituality, and reincarnation in a romantic suspense/metaphysical mystery that addresses how and why psychic power might relate to love and sex. Wild Heart, an equestrian romance set on Cape Cod in 1975, tackles finding your authentic place in a world that’s set up to push you only one way or the other. The novel also addresses balancing dreams against the realities of love. Her forthcoming uncozy romantic mystery, Killer Heart, gets into why an ordinary woman might become a murderer—and get away with it in rural Vermont. At the other end of the spectrum, Ms. Haley’s nonfiction book, Open Your Heart with Gardens, explores interacting with the living green world in all walks of life. It formed a volume in DreamTime Publishing’s Open Your Heart series, designed to help people master their lives through what they already know. Ms. Haley’s yard and garden blog, “Adventures in Zone 3,” spun off Open Your Heart with Gardens. She also is a guest blogger on fiction for the professional publishing site “An American Editor.” When not writing, Ms. Haley enjoys gardening, paddling, flying, riding, and birdwatching, ¬along with autosports and spectating the arts. Her enduring passion, however, is books.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N