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Publisher's Summary

Gemcie and her Irish Hunter, Marshal, are about to capture the World Cup when a nasty fall dashes their chances. While she is mending, her arch rival seizes this opportunity to catch a ride on Marshal, and to seduce her young husband. Confused and dazed by her new circumstances, Gemcie heads for the high Sierras hoping the majestic spires that captured the heart of the father she never met will provide the answers she seeks.
She finds strength and solace riding solo on the John Muir Trail, but a bear attack ends her time of introspection and places her in the care of a solitary cowboy manning a fire lookout. Brady shows her love and gives her the courage to get back in the saddle. Haunted by images of Marshal being abused by his owners, Gemcie returns to rescue him and fly high with him once more.
Ballou's prose gallops ahead at breakneck speed as she takes you along on this wild ride.
©2015 Linda Ballou (P)2017 Linda Ballou
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4 out of 5 stars
By ElyLibrarySec on 07-17-18

A Ride That I Wouldn't Mind Taking More Than Once

Gemcie seems to have it all at the beginning of this story. But she shows how quickly things can change. We get to see her grow and to realize her limitations of things she cannot change. She takes us along on her journey of self-discovery. One thing this story made me come to realize is this is one where I need to "set the mood". I look forward to the time when I can listen to her story again.

I live not too far from a fairground that has just started an American Quarter Horse show and I can't think of a better way to listen to the beginning of this book again. The sad part, I'm not as brave as Gemcie to take a trek through the High Sierras. Maybe I'll just take walks through some of our local parks and call it a day. And getting on a horse? - I'm afraid of heights so I'll just enjoy them either from a seat or with my two feet planted firmly on the ground.

Mr. Glennon does a satisfactory job in telling us the story. I don't mind that he doesn't do a perfect job in making his voice sound female. He does a great job in having me picture an evening scene with people sitting around a blazing fire. As we sit there making s'mores and having our warmed drink of choice, he's telling us this story. And it's one where he will only tell it to us in parts so that he always leaves us in suspense. I could also picture him doing the same while leading us on a trail ride telling us other tales that get us ready for his next part of the tale.

Ms. Ballou had me thinking of my childhood. I have loved to read since I was very small. As I was growing up, I was voracious about any book that had horses in it. At some point that just stopped and my head turned toward romances. Our author reminded me what I loved about those books I read so long ago and for that I have to thank her. She also reminded me how much my neighborhood has changed. We used to have a farm at the end of my street. As I delivered papers, I would stop and say hello to the horse they had. I could almost picture it as a place that Gemcie would be. And I'm so glad that I had a chance to "meet" our author and Gemcie.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 07-13-18

Such a good story!

This is one of those books where I'm not immediately drawn into the story. The beginning felt rushed, and I didn't care for Jorge, though I quickly started to like Gemcie, the main character, and within a short time, I started to care about other characters too. Once the first chapter was out of the way, I quickly fell in love with Gemcie and her passion. The setting and description really brought the story to life, and I loved that both Gemcie and Brady were animal lovers.

I really enjoyed listening to this one on audio! The author's descriptions and the narrator's skill with bringing a story to life really shows through! Linda Ballou and Scott Glennon make such a marvelous team!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Linda Ballou. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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