Former soldier and rodeo rider Zachary McClure's war injuries are far deeper than physical. Skeptical that anyone can reach the dark place in his soul, he visits an Albuquerque equine therapy ranch with no expectations. How can horses possibly mend his physical and emotional injuries when nothing—and no one—else has? He finds the answer when he meets Sophie Powell, an ex-army medic with a sunny smile, gentle touch and a determination to help others through horse therapy. But behind her big hopes and cheerful attitude lurks pain—and Zachary is just the man to change that. He can make Sophie's dreams a reality…and she may be the woman to heal this wounded hero's heart.
Packing multiple emotional punches, Second Chance Ranch lives up to its name...it is all about second chances. I always enjoy stories that feature animals -- and horses Sam and Prince Charming shine as great supporting characters. They offer silent empathy and an understanding ear to both Zach and Sophie. Harris did an amazing job of conveying the hope and humour that comes with the companionship of therapy animals.
I appreciated the veteran angle as well. I know I'm guilty of not giving enough thought (and prayers) to soldiers who are suffering the aftermath of their service overseas. Kudos to Harris for highlighting one man's struggle and in doing so, honoring the service of soldiers everywhere.
Bonus: Second Chance Ranch is one of ACFW's book club choices for June. Discussion starts on June 20.