"Compelling, radiantly written" --Library Journal
A lawman turned wrangler and a desperate Englishwoman risk everything for a wounded horse--and for each other. For fans of Linda Lael Miller, Jodi Thomas, and Catherine Anderson.
Wounded in body and spirit after a shootout, Rayford Jessup leaves his career as a lawman and uses his gift with damaged horses to bring meaning to his solitary life. Hired by a Scotsman in Heartbreak Creek to purchase thoroughbreds, he travels to England, unaware that a traumatized horse and a beautiful Englishwoman will change his life forever.
Josephine Cathcart loves two things: her illegitimate son and her injured stallion. Faced with her father’s looming bankruptcy, she must choose between a loveless marriage to the man who ruined her, or risk her horse and her future on a handsome, taciturn Texan and a high-stakes horse race. But as vengeful forces conspire against them, will Rafe’s love and healing touch be enough to save her horse and protect her and her son?
A hardened cowboy finds love across the Atlantic in Warner's second Heroes of Heartbreak Creek novel (after Behind His Blue Eyes). In 1871 Texas, former Deputy U.S. Marshal Rafe Jessup agrees to accompany Angus "Ash" Wallace, Earl of Kirkwell, to Scotland to buy thoroughbred horses. En route, Rafe meets Miss Josephine Cathcart and her father, whose coal mines are in desperate need of funds. After arriving at the Cathcart estate to see their horses, Rafe helps train her stallion, Pembroke's Pride, to overcome his fear of water. As Rafe becomes enamored of Josephine and her quiet beauty, he worries that he lacks the means to provide a stable future for her and her illegitimate young son, Jamie. But when Jamie's father, Baron Adderly, finally offers to marry Josephine, Rafe realizes he can't let her go. Warner's transatlantic story is rich with character development, and emotion suffuses the tender romance between the privileged yet resilient Englishwoman and the tough American horse trainer.