It was the title of this novel that first caught my attention, and then the cover. A horse, walking under the pale and dusky sky, with the stars coming out above his head.
I can recommend it to you for the very engaging plot, a plot that unfolds between the present of the 2000's and the past of the 1970's.
This is the love story of two kids... a boy from the extremely wrong side of the tracks who needs a job bad, and a beautiful girl whose father owns a spreading, productive horse ranch.
When Jim left his own abusive home, he was unsure whether he was brave or just a run away coward, and he sure didn't feel like he had a purpose in the world. All he could see was a road that would get him out of there, but he had no idea where it would take him. And he never thought someone as fascinating and magnetic as Nena St. Clair would be waiting for him, and he never imagined she would teach him so much about himself.
Pan out from their youth... see the struggles and shocks that came with Jim's falling in love and still believing that such a good, fine girl was forever unavailable. See the opposition to their love.
See the shared commitment to this place and to the horses.
Now see them, decades later, still on the ranch, with their children grown and very much gone. See the dust of dreams sifted around them.... yes they have each other, yes they have the land. But Nena has been given months to live, and she hasn't got peace for dying and she hasn't got her family close.
Instead, her and her children are all jagged edges and broken hearts and barely civil communication. Their relationships are dead, and now when they are all thinking about real Death, can real Life return to the heart of the family?
I received my review copy from The Booketeria.
Michael King is a pen name for Mike Dellosso, author of numerous novels of suspense, including Darkness Follows, Darlington Woods, and Scream. Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is a popular conference and workshop teacher. He earned his BA degree from Messiah College and his MBS from Master's International School of Divinity. He lives in Hanover, PA, with his wife and daughters.