Rio Presley isn’t looking for a place to fit in when she finds a job at a stable in New Hampshire. Travis Lithgow isn’t expecting to discover a drifter taking up residence in his hunting cabin and working for his aunt. Just back from a tour in the Middle East, he’s rebuilding his relationship with his rebellious teenage daughter. He’s sure Rio’s presence in their lives won’t make things easier, but he admires Rio’s strength facing the adversities in her life.
As Rio fights the urge to get back on the road before she becomes too comfortable with her newfound love of horses, her feelings for Travis become stronger than the need to flee. Both he and his aunt are offering Rio everything she’s ever been afraid to want, but staying could bring her past crashing into the happy life she’s begun to build.
Self-sufficient, hard-working Rio Presley has spent almost half her life on the move. Guilt and horrific memories, though tamped down deep inside, travel with her. She cannot escape them.
In New Hampshire, she takes a job at Sadie Kerr’s Cobble Creek Farm to muck out stalls and tend horses. She finds she likes horses and she likes Sadie, but figures she’ll head south soon for the winter.
Travis Lithgow, Sadie nephew, home from Afghanistan, is starting his new job as chief of police in their small town and trying to reconnect with his daughter Jessa who is deep-down hurt.
Jessa’s mother walked out when Jessa was eight and then her father left her in the care of his sister when he was deployed. She feels he abandoned her also—what if he had been killed!
When Sadie introduces Rio to Travis, he is suspicious of her—what kind of references did Sadie get before hiring a drifter.
It takes all Rio’s strength and fortitude to not run when Sadie introduces them.. She, without his knowledge, has been staying in his hunting cabin that’s near Cobble Creek Farm. Shaky start for a relationship!
The reader is swept into the conflicts, the attractions, and the struggles both Rio and Travis have in trying to overcome outside forces that threaten to destroy their happiness. As events progress, the reader is privy to the introspection of both Rio and Travis, an emotional experience that touches one’s heart.
The love that wiggles its way into Rio’s heart scares her—she’s never known love. Travis has no intentions of falling in love; his ex-wife taught him some bitter lessons. How these two succumb to love and how they face and resolve the hurts of the past make good reading.
Cerian Hebert’s smooth, easy-flowing writing style invites the reader to glide along, full speed ahead, on this vicarious journey with Rio and Travis.