by Jodi Bowersox
When Sarah Palmer finds herself back in her little hometown of Loraine, Nebraska, with her young son, who was part of the town’s biggest scandal in its 125 year history, and a basement full of sculptures she couldn’t sell in Chicago, her only thought is how she can get out again fast. That is, until a certain dark-haired equine veterinarian sweeps her off her feet.
Marty Scott can’t keep his mind off the short, little spit-fire with the tough exterior and a heart as soft as a kitten. Once he figures out the way past her defenses, he thinks it’s just a hop and a skip to the altar. That is, until a new scandal is born out of tragedy.
Sarah tends to run from her problems. Marty is a problem solver who prides himself on his solutions, but sometimes even the best problem solver gets stymied. Sometimes the answer needs to come from a higher power.
“How often do you see spiritual truths and romance wrapped up in the same hard-to-put-down novel? I love the characters, and relationships.”
“The perfect book for romance lovers. There is the usual boy meets girl thing going on, but in this book, each character has a story from the past, to bring into the present, to share, to grow from, to learn from.”
“The characters are so well developed, that they “speak” through the pages. Horses, kitties, relationships… all run amuck; with surprising results! A MUST read!”
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CIR: What inspired this book?
BOWERSOX: The opening scene finds Sarah Palmer flying off a horse and hitting the hard ground. This happened to me when I was giving a horse I was considering buying a test drive. Lucky for me (and Sarah), I only injured one small body part, although it could be a conversation starter! That was the spark that started me thinking…
CIR: Did this require research?
BOWERSOX: The kind of research I did for this book was very observational. I used to own a horse, and over the course of our time together, he had many maladies and injuries requiring a veterinarian. Most of them are in Horses, Adrenaline, and Love, from foot injuries to floating teeth to getting that “sample.”
CIR: What themes do you address?
BOWERSOX: There are themes of forgiveness and second chances, but I think the main message is listening for and using God’s battle plan instead of our own.
CIR: What do we need to know about your main characters?
BOWERSOX: Sarah Palmer comes back to a home town that rained down judgement on her nine years earlier, leaving her bitter and defensive. Marty Scott doesn’t care about all that. He just sees a pretty little blonde who loves her son, horses, and sculpting. Sarah isn’t always sure how to handle her energetic progeny, and Marty comes to the rescue more than once with parenting solutions–some of which comes from training horses. Marty even uses a few horse techniques on a skittish Sarah, helping her heal from the past.
CIR: Is there any content that might cause some readers to buck?
BOWERSOX: I don’t think a romance is a romance without a certain amount of sparks and sexual tension. This is a clean romance, but a couple of reviewers have objected to the fact that Sarah and Marty spend a few nights together in the same bed sleeping. (No sex–just sleeping) There is also minimal use of mild language.
Learn more about Jodi Bowersox and her writing at www.jodibowersox.com