Holly lost everything when her husband was thrown in prison. Divorced and broke, the only thing she has to fall back on is her cousin's offer to set her up in a little house at the edge of a ranch called the Tipped Z.
Holly has never spent time on a working ranch before. Though she grew up wealthy in California and once hoped to complete on horseback in the Olympics, by the time her cousin’s wife invites her to go riding she hasn’t been in a saddle in 20 years. She’s not that interested in the idea of climbing onto a stock horse. But then she runs into her former trainer and secret love of her youth, Diego. She can’t help but hope he’ll be her second chance to live the life she feels she missed out on.
Meanwhile, there's a mansion going up on the ridge behind her tiny house. It's presence represents the loss of important grazing to the Tipped Z. Holly finds herself with an opportunity to help the owner with his own horses. She needs the money, and she finds she doesn’t mind spending time with the super friendly and super rich Luke Rastenhaus despite the fact her cousin despises him.
Suddenly riding with Diego, Luke, and also at the ranch, Holly finds herself pulled in three very different directions. She realizes she's going to have to deal with some unresolved aspects of her past if she hopes to figure out which path forward will lead to happiness.
Vaquera's Haven can be read as a stand-alone novel, but it is the fourth book in the Tipped Z series. These novels combine horsemanship, family, love, and the Tucson desert into thoughtful, heart-warming reads.