Gift Horse

A time-slip novel about the choices women make, the healing power of horses, and the devastating consequences of human error.

Caroline Walker’s daughter suffers a horrific riding accident. Her distraught parentsGift Horse Cover MEDIUM WEB wonder if she’ll ever walk again, let alone ride. And when Mollie’s blood group is discovered as rare, her husband offers to donate blood. Except Ian is not a match. In fact, it’s unlikely he’s Mollie’s father.

Eighteen years previously, Caroline had a one-night stand with Irish rock star, Rory O’Connor. Caroline fell pregnant. Deeply flawed boyfriend, Ian, was overjoyed. And Caroline’s parents were simply grateful that their daughter was to marry into the rich, influential Walker family.

Caroline turns to Rory’s friend Connor; and although his almost spiritual connection with his horses appears to be the balm she needs, Caroline cannot forget Rory, or her youth – both lost to a man she never loved. Eighteen years on and after surviving cancer Rory lives as a virtual recluse in the Welsh mountains. Through his well-meaning but interfering sister, he is shocked to discover he has a teenage daughter. Or does he? As the truth begins to unravel, Caroline finds herself faced with a complex trail of moral dilemma.

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“As always, one of the author’s great strengths is character development, and the way she draws you into the story by engaging your emotions. Caroline had my sympathy for her plight throughout, but regularly put it to the test. And I enjoyed the supporting cast – particularly gentle Connor, ex-rocker Rory, interfering friend Niamh – all superbly drawn, sometimes capturing your heart, sometimes behaving very badly, as real people do. This book has a strong – at times, almost cinematic – sense of place and location, the descriptions vibrant and detailed, capturing the beauty and wildness of the Welsh countryside.” Anne Williams, Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE

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