IF WISHES WERE HORSES
Clichés and stilted dialogue make this novel of forgiveness fall flat. The characters are two-dimensional, except the larger-than-life father. The horse world details are interesting but can’t redeem the book.
Still grieving over the deaths of his wife and son in a car crash, Wyatt restarts his late wife’s horse therapy program for troubled teens. A clergyman convinces him to help a special troubled teen — the son of the drunk driver who caused the crash. Then he meets Gabby, the young man’s mother, and is unprepared for the attraction. Both families work to find forgiveness and a way to move on from the tragedy that has affected them for five years. In addition, Gabby and Wyatt must face the Alzheimer’s that is stealing the mind of his father, the tragedy of an unrequited love and family secrets revealed. (MORROW, Feb., 352 pp., $21.99)