A fresh start-for both of them. As a kid from a shattered family, Kathy Harris couldn't wait to get out of Harmony Valley.
Yet here she is, back home, determined to rebuild her life and regain her young son's trust. But she doesn't expect to work miracles-unlike Dylan O'Brien, the enigmatic cowboy rumored to be a healer of misfit horses.
As they work to save an injured colt, Kathy starts to believe in a future with Dylan that she never thought possible.
But one of Kathy's new rules is no more secrets ...and Dylan has a big one. One that could destroy the life he and Kathy are building together.
This story is as real and raw as they get. It is heartbreaking, with the struggle and issues the characters face - alcoholism and custody battles. Both issues affect the whole family, community, around the people facing them, and the effects ripple in some cases even generations down.
Kathy is determined to win the battle, this time around. She has so much she could lose, mainly her son. She is honest about her battle, as honest as she can be. And the battle is constant. Her brother means well, but the constant worry and checking in on her is not helping. Then Dylan comes to her life. And they connect immediately. They have a rare connection, he is so easy to open up to, talk to, and be with, Kathy feels at peace around him, with no cravings for alcohol, or feelings of failure.
But Dylan has his own secrets, his own issues, and his own battles to be won.
The feelings they have for each other, they have no place, time or room for those in their lives right now.
This is one of those stories, that it will break your heart a bit, until it puts it back together again. It has its dark moments, filled with angst, sorrow and regrets. But it also has moments of success, joy, and pure love and delight. I was in tears and I smiled, and felt for the characters, and the pain in their life. This a story that will make you think about life, priorities, and be thankful for what you have. I highly recommend this book, this story will touch your heart
~ Five Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me