The Olympic dream can be deadly for a stallion and his rider.
An exiled rider pits her troubled stallion’s Olympic talent against insurmountable odds. After top European equestrian Lexy Imbriani’s mother dies in an accident, her father finds out she wasn’t his child and strips her EU citizenship.
With her Olympic hopes destroyed, Lexy flees to America, her last chance to keep her dream alive. Fellow eventer Hamp Gambrell promises her a position and his love. He’s the one man who matches her passion in the saddle as well as off. True to his word, he finds her a job in Southern Pines, NC, historic home to the best horses and riders in three-day eventing, the grueling Triathlon for horses and riders.
She risks all to salvage the stallion Nobilo and connects with her horse whisperer ways. But with success comes a barrage of accidents, taunting text messages, and escalating violence. Who’s sabotaging her and Bo—boarders? staff? family? Hamp?
Lexy digs deep into the death-defying courage she honed jumping massive solid obstacles at a gallop. She fights to protect her magnificent stallion and stop the killer who threatens to end their competing days forever.
But death and disaster lie around every turn—and Lexy must face a secret from her past she is not prepared to learn.
Horse stories are perennially popular. A lifelong writer and rider, I had the privilege of meeting and learning from Olympic-level riders and their horses on their farms, in lessons, and at top events. Horsemen and women will revel in this novel’s authentically realized horses and action. Tensely plotted, this suspenseful Southern family saga will appeal to riders who love Dick Frances, Jilly Cooper, Jane Smiley, and Rita Mae Brown. And it will open up a new world to readers who ride only in their dreams.