About the Book:
For as long as she can remember, Allie Massey, a gifted physical therapist, has dreamed of making her grandparents' ten-acre estate into a trauma recovery center using equine therapy--a dream her grandmother, Nana Dale, embraced wholeheartedly. But when her grandmother's will is read, Allie is shocked to learn the property has been sold to a developer.
Decades earlier, headstrong Dale Butler's driving passion is to bring home the prized filly her family lost to the Great Depression, but with World War II looming, she's called upon in ways she never could have imagined. And while her world expands to include new friends and new love, tragedy strikes close to home one fateful night during the Battle of the Atlantic, changing her life forever.
As Nana Dale's past comes to light in Allie's search for answers, Dale's courage and persistence may be just what Allie needs to carry on her grandmother's legacy and keep her own dreams alive.
This is a touching dual time novel for lovers of horses. While I found the novel emotionally rewarding, it is not a page turner. The pace of the plot is slow and methodical. Musser takes her time revealing the current situation and the back story leading up to it. Some of the depth of the novel is because of the character back story. It took much to reveal it all and I felt the book is too long for the plot.
The novel is informative regarding the riding of horses in competition and then along the South Carolina shore during WW II. Musser did much research to authentically create the historical action. There is also some information on equine therapy although that does take a back seat to the historical information.
While I did feel the novel was too long and moved at a slower pace than I would have liked, it is a touching story with a satisfying twist near the end.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
For over thirty-five years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in missions work in Europe with One Collective, formerly International Teams. The Mussers have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)
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