Horse trainer Melody O’Shea is returning to Royalty Farm in Simpsonville, Kentucky. Her father has built it into the greatest American Saddlebred show stable in the country, but now he needs her help. Mel’s homecoming is bittersweet because the farm is also home to the secret daughter she gave up for adoption. Her pride had kept her from telling the father about the child. She never expected he’d come back as well.
Popular American Saddlebred horse trainer Jake Hendricks has come to take charge of Royalty Farm, but when the main barn goes up in flames, Jake finds the farm is in more trouble than he expected. He’s always been married to his work, but with the return of the one woman he never stopped loving, his heart could be in trouble, too.
As they prepare for the World's Champion Horse Show, Mel grapples with the mistakes of her past. She’s fallen off a lot of horses in her life. The trick is to get back on and try again. Does she have the courage to try again with Jake? But as the danger escalates, Mel and Jake must work together to discover who’s threatening Mel’s life and the safety of their daughter. Is there enough of an ember in the ashes of their past to reignite the flames of love?
The Bluegrass Reunion series: Contemporary romances about second chances that can be read as standalone novels with happily ever after endings and no cliffhangers.
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This was a wonderful book. The suspenseful plot will keep you guessing as to who is doing all the harmful things at Royalty Farm. Mel comes home to help her father Pop and comes upon a fire at the barn. She runs to rescue as many champion horses as she can. During the rescue she sees her first love Jake. The past 10 years has done nothing to ease the hurt of his leaving her 18 year old self for a career in California. The complications of first young love come about with a pregnancy and choices that Mel faced.
This story is very poignant and enchanting. I feel in love with both Mel and Jake. Their shared heart-ache was deeply felt. I had a hard time putting this down. I was so sad to see it end. I hope to see more of these characters in future books.
I highly recommend this wonderful romance book.