Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the book:
Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
This book had a serious side to it’s fun loving cover with the topic of PTSD. It briefly went into the topic, but I struggled with a few premises of the book.
It seemed to use PTSD as an excuse to be rude, take liberties and other flaws. While those are more human flaws that anyone can have, they are not usually something associated with PTSD. I appreciated what the author was trying to portray and know that PTSD manifests in many different ways. As someone that suffers from it myself, I may have been harder on this book than needed. It was a good story, but lacked in my mind in several ways.
I enjoyed the childhood friendship aspect and the family dynamics. However, since I did not like one of the characters from a previous book, that may have flavored my slight frustration with the book.
I enjoyed especially the relationship with Lyndie, her sister and Jake. Her mom was a jewel! I loved that part of it! If you want a lighter read, touching on a harder topic, this is the book for you. Don’t expect deep things from it, but instead more entertainment with good messages.
This book was given to me for review by the publisher and NetGalley. The opinions contained herein are my own.