BOOK REVIEW: If Wishes Were Horses
This captivating story of two people recovering from terrible tragedy and loss, and the importance of community, friendship and the power of love.
Already struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of her husband, Sophie Bryant nearly loses her own life while attending a domestic dispute as a paramedic.
Diagnosed with a mild form of post-traumatic stress disorder, Sophie decides to accept a posting to the remote township of Hilsons Ridge.
Soon after her arrival, Sophie decides on a whim to buy an old house on the outskirts of town. There, she discovers the diary of a light horse trooper from the First World War, which she finds fascinating.
Local vet, Zac Conway, is also struggling in the wake of losing his life partner.
So when Sophie brings an abandoned horse to him for treatment and they get to know each other, Zac is surprised to feel emotions he never hoped to experience again.
The peace and tranquillity of living in her new community sees Sophie gradually recovering from her trauma and grief.
As she discovers more about her farm's history, she realises that the past and the present are irrevocably connected and, just like love, it waits for the right person to come along to unlock its secrets.
If Wishes Were Horses is a totally captivating novel combining romance and history with a dash of suspense.
About the author -
Karly Lane lives on the mid north coast of New South Wales.
Proud mum to four beautiful children and wife of one very patient mechanic, she is lucky enough to spend her day doing the two things she loves most - being a mum and writing stories set in beautiful rural Australia.
Published by Allen & Unwin, If Wishes Were Horses is available this month. RRP $29.99.