Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend? Learn more and purchase a copy at Becky’s website.
This book will not disappoint as it is the perfect balance between romantic, hilarious and heartache. This book can be read as a standalone, but of course all of Becky's books can be read that way. I love that Lyndie and Jake were childhood friends and the book starts off giving us a glimpse of their childhood. Becky has a way with story telling and this was a great way in the prologue to start off the story. I also loved that this book was about "Silver Leaf" and PTSD. As a social worker, I am always interested in the mental health aspect of a story, especially when it aligns with HOPE and how this book intertwines God into the story. Jake first finds his hope in a person, but his hope is mis-aligned. Finally, I love that Lyndie had a passion for thoroughbred horses like "Silver Leaf" as I am not a horse lover, so I like books that challenge me and the how she had to sacrifice her own personal dream. Finally, I am interested in hearing more of Dru's story. Such a great book! I highly recommend it!
Thank you to Bethany House for providing me a complimentary copy that I recieved for review purposes only!
Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA