Review: The Secrets of Emberwild

Synopsis:

A gifted trainer in a time women are not allowed to race, Nora Fenton prefers horses to men. They’re easier to handle, they’re more reliable, and they never tell her what to do. After her father’s passing, Nora is determined to save her struggling horse farm, starting with entering her prize colt into the harness races at the 1905 Mississippi Fair. If she wins, she may have a chance at independence. But when a stranger arrives and starts asking disconcerting questions, she suspects he may have other motives than unseating her in the training job that is rightfully hers.

Silas Cavallero will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of his father’s death–even if it means training an unwieldy colt for Nora, who wants nothing more than to see him gone. But when mysterious accidents threaten their safety and circumstances shrouded in secrets begin unlocking clues to his past, Silas will have to decide if the truth is worth risking ruining everything for the feisty woman he’s come to admire.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Secrets of Emberwild by Stephenia H. McGee is a phenomenal historical tale. I am kept in the dark until the last bit of the book. The ending revealed everything. I did not have a clue what was happening nor how the past tied in with the present. But I did enjoy every suspenseful moment. The characters were so engaging! I love the banters between them. Secrets, danger, and romance brew on every page of this fantastic book. This also reminded me a bit of Seabiscuit and Black Beauty. The writer creates a strong female who is independent but like her prize colt knows when to bow down and admit her feelings. A man who has nothing ends up with more than he ever dreamed. A woman who wants to fight the world on her own learns she needs someone she can trust fighting by her side. Overall, the story was beautifully written.

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