WHERE THE HORSES RUN
The men of Heartbreak Creek are true western heroes, even when transplanted to England. Warner blends a bit of The Horse Whisperer into a passionate tale of an emotionally wounded woman and the ex-lawman turned wrangler who frees her soul to love again. This beautifully rendered love story is tough and tender — just what Warner’s fans have come to expect from this gifted storyteller.
Haunted by his past, Rayford Jessup gets a second chance when Ash Kirkland hires him to assist on a horse-buying trip to England and Scotland. On board the ship is Josephine Cathcart. Rafe agrees to help Josephine with a beloved racehorse that was traumatized by a horrific fall. He eases the horse’s fears as well as Josephine’s. Though he is far below Josephine’s social status, she would marry him in a heartbeat — except for her father’s imminent bankruptcy, which requires Josephine to marry another. Josephine refuses, but her devious father threatens her with her beloved horse. Rafe will have to train the stallion and win a race to win the woman of his heart. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 352 pp., $7.99)