by Nancy Herkness
When sheltered artist Julia Castillo flees her hometown, she has one goal: to prove to her overbearing family she can make it on her own. She knows they only want the best for her, but when they question her artistic vision, it’s time to break free. Julia’s search for independence carries her to the small town of Sanctuary, West Virginia. There, her courage is tested as never before—by her love for a handsome country lawyer, her bond with a dangerous black stallion, and a secret she is desperate to keep…
Paul Taggart abandoned his high-powered legal career to return to Sanctuary, giving up his own dreams to care for his troubled brother. Then Julia Castillo blows into town like a fresh mountain breeze, changing his staid, predictable life forever. Has Paul earned his second chance at happiness? Or does loving Julia mean having the strength to let her go?
Another vehicle whooshed past, then flashed red brake lights and pulled over to the side of the highway well in front of her. Now that she had a potential rescuer, all the warnings about what happened to unprotected women with broken-down cars flashed through her brain. As the black, low-slung car reversed toward her, she wished she hadn’t tossed the wrench; hefting it would have made her look a little threatening. Instead she had to settle for arranging her keys between her fingers so their ends stuck out as she made a fist, another tidbit she’d picked up from television.
The car’s door swung open, and a man in a pale-blue shirt, red tie, and navy slacks emerged, unfolding his long legs as he stepped out onto the gravel.
“A tie seems pretty upstanding,” she muttered, loosening her grip on the keys. “Serial killers probably don’t wear ties on a regular basis.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, Nancy Herkness’s passion for writing romance began the day her grandmother gave her a Georgette Heyer novel. After graduating from Princeton University with honors in English literature and creative writing, she had successful careers in retail, computer programming, and marketing before finally returning to her first love: writing. The author of Take Me Home and three other contemporary romances, Herkness was named one of 2003’s Best Up and Coming Authors in the Affaire de Coeur’s readers’ poll. She is also a winner of the Golden Leaf Award, the Aspen Gold Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs.
Blogs: http://fromthegarret.wordpress.com/ and http://sistertowns.wordpress.com/
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This is a very sweet story. I loved the whisper horses concept and the love between the characters.
Paul is that all around good guy who is really unhappy with a lot of what's gone on in his life but hides it from the world. His sense of responsibility and need to care for others (especially his brother and nephew) leaves him with the feeling as if he will never have anything good happen in his life.
Julia has spent her whole life being sheltered and protected by her family, especially her uncle. Due to some health issues she had a child her uncle thinks she can't handle stress in her life. I liked that she was brave enough to push out from under her family's protection and go after what she wants. She learns that what happened in her childhood doesn't have to dictate the rest of her life. She also understands that it's perfectly alright to expand and grow in the way that she wants.
The cast of characters she meets when she arrives in Sanctuary are so sweet and loving. They embody the meaning of neighborly love and help that could only be found in a small town. They also help both Paul and Julia see that it's okay to be happy in their lives and to choose the path that they want.
Another thing that I like about the story was how it shows (through the use of the whisper horse) that every living thing is capable of changing and improving with the right motivation and love.
This is a very sweet story that I think you will all enjoy...
Happy Reading... Adri.