Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Horseman's Hope



Grace Lorimer is too busy for a relationship...

And love is definitely out of the question while she works her way through college to earn her occupational therapist certification. Besides, her mother's string of failed relationships and broken promises proves romance is not worth risking her heart -- even when she begins to care deeply for single dad Ryan O'Keefe.

Four years after his girlfriend, Shana, became pregnant, Ryan still can't believe he's a father...and can't believe being anything else. His daughter is the light of his life. Now if only Shana could embrace motherhood and the three could become a real family...

Then Ryan receives shocking news about Shana, a his world is torn apart as he faces losing his daughter. Suddenly old feelings for Grace resurface, but is a whirwind marriage of convenience the answer?

My Review:

The third book in a series centering on a therapy horse ranch, Johnson had me riveted from the get go. A Horseman's Hope reads well as a standalone but will make for a richer read if you are familiar with the characters from A Horseman's Heart and A Horseman's Gift.

Ryan's devotion to his daughter is incredibly appealing from the very first page. And little Christina transforms every scene she is in. The two-person O'Keefe clan is a force to be reckoned with, which is lucky since Johnson throws plenty of plot angst at them.

I loved the easy-going friendship between Grace and Ryan that's hovering on the edge of so much more. This is where the author really excels -- drawing emotion out of her characters and directly into her readers. Their story tugged at my heartstrings right to the joyful end.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Horseman's Hope, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 23 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. We have a therapy ranch around the corner from us that my daughter worked at for a number of years. Such a great program. Sounds like a wonderful story. Merry Christmas, Kav!

  2. Merry Christmas right back at you, Sandra! I'm completely and totally fascinated with therapy riding now. How lucky you are to have that kind of ranch in your neighbourhood! I've heard so many miraculous stories about the programs -- including one about A Canadian para-Olympian. Awesome stuff....oh, and good luck!

  3. I enjoy reading about ranches and horses. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!

  4. You definitely will, rubynreba. Good luck!

  5. I love the premise of this series. Therapy animals are so wonderful - so much can be accomplished with care and love. Thank you for this giveaway!
    Merry Christmas

    kcnrhtx at charter dot net

  6. I would love to win this book. Already ready to read it. Then, I'll want the first two. It really does sound like a good one! MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  7. This sounds like a great read, I love the horse therapy
    aspect of this one.

  8. Good luck Kimberley, Maxie and Jan!

  9. I haven't read any of these, we don't get these (forget the name of them!) at our stores around here :( Sad! So I can't get them anywhere but online. Would love the opportunity to read this and maybe I can find the other 2 in the trilogy elsewhere :) I've heard rave reviews about it!
    Thanks for the offer, Kav!

  10. This sounds like such an interesting one; would be nice to learn more about horse therapy. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com