Country Roads

Country Roads

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by Nancy Herkness

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2014 ©Desert Rose RWA® Golden Quill Award Winner, Contemporary Romance

Nancy Herkness welcomes readers back to Sanctuary, West Virginia, where family loyalty leads to sparkling love, with the help of a whisper horse.

When sheltered artist Julia Castillo flees her hometown, she has just one goal: to prove to her overbearing family once


2014 ©Desert Rose RWA® Golden Quill Award Winner, Contemporary Romance

Nancy Herkness welcomes readers back to Sanctuary, West Virginia, where family loyalty leads to sparkling love, with the help of a whisper horse.

When sheltered artist Julia Castillo flees her hometown, she has just one goal: to prove to her overbearing family once and for all that she can make it on her own. After she moves to Sanctuary, West Virginia, her horse paintings take the art world by storm. Yet Julia finds her courage tested as never before—by her love for a handsome country lawyer, by her bond with a dangerous black stallion, and by the secret she is so desperate to keep.…

Paul Taggart abandoned his high-powered legal career to return to Sanctuary, giving up his own dreams to care for his troubled brother. But the day he rescues Julia Castillo from the side of the highway, his staid, responsible life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to the fiery but unsophisticated beauty, Paul will do anything to protect her—even sacrifice his own happiness to guarantee hers.

Dramatic and emotional, Country Roads is a heartwarming tale of two people trying to balance the bonds of family with a passionate love of their own.

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Publishers Weekly
Julia Castillo is stranded on a dusty road, just three miles outside of the small West Virginia town of Sanctuary, where she hopes to reconnect with the first gallery owner who believed in her equestrian paintings. Luckily, lawyer Paul Taggart can’t resist a damsel in distress, so he picks her up, delivers her well-received art, and then proceeds to sweep Julia off her feet. Paul is determined not to get attached to Julia because his family responsibilities prevent him from leaving Sanctuary. Julia wants to change Paul’s mind, but she’s scared to reveal a medical condition that could make him treat her differently. Julia and Paul’s romance is fun and the book moves along at a nice clip, but Herkness’s second Whisper Horse contemporary (after Take Me Home) relies a bit too much on her goofy premise that every person has a special horse who becomes their confidant, and there’s no clear reason why Julia’s medical history should hold her back from a normal life. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Sept.)

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Montlake Romance
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Whisper Horse Series, #2
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5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Country Roads 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cgenna1 More than 1 year ago
Country Roads is a RITA finalist…a story with tender compassion, supportive family and friends, second chances and a powerful Whisper Horse “Darkside” that learns to trust again. Julia Castillo is a famous painter whose style went over to the dark side. Her paintings are of her “Nightmares”. Julia runs away from home to West Virginia to a small town called Sanctuary, a perfect name for this close community, to sell her art to Claire Arbuckle. Julia’s SUV gets a flat along the way and she is stranded on the side of the road. Along comes a devilishly handsome attorney Paul Taggert in his sporty corvette to save the damsel in distress. And the story unfolds…. Did you know everyone has a Whisper Horse, one particular horse for each person to help correct things in their life? Julia just wants to experience life as a normal person so she holds back one important facet of her past life so to speak from the man she fell in love with, Paul. Regrettably Paul thinks he must give up Julia due to family obligations and pushes her away. Read Country Roads and find out how Paul finds his way back to Julia.
BDalton1532 More than 1 year ago
Nancy Herkness takes us back into the "whisper horse" world she introduced us to in Take Me Home". Based again in the town of Sanctuary, WV, a new couple finds love and healing as they share their lives with their own "whisper horse". Herkness writes romance with rich characterization and fascinating situations that make for a rich, comfortable read. I'm greatly looking forward to the next book in this series!
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In Country Roads by Nancy Herkness, Julia, a famous artist, has fled the home she shares with her uncle to finally strike out on her own.  Between miscommunication, over protectiveness and their different ideas regarding Julia's career, it's time for her to be independent. Julia is heading to Sanctuary, WV in a beater truck she bought with her paintings in tow.  When she gets a flat and is rescued by Paul, her life as she knows it is about to change. Paul tries to, but just can't drive by the woman on the side of the road.  Little does he know when he does how much she will change his life too. Julia is just looking to get an outside opinion on her paintings - which are so different from all her other work - and hopefully sell them.  She's half terrified and half excited.  Up until now she's been under the protective umbrella of her uncle, but circumstances have forced Julia to take a stand and start managing her own career.  Paul takes Julia where she was going - to the gallery in Sanctuary - and despite the owner's enthusiasm over Julia's new paintings, Julia is still filled with doubt.  Deciding to stay in Sanctuary a little longer, Julia slowly builds her confidence.  No one in Sanctuary knows about the medical condition she had that contributed to her family's over protectiveness, and Julia is finally free to do what she wants, what makes her happy without anyone trying to wrap her up in cotton and keep her safe.  She paints what she wants to paint and gets to know Paul a lot better.  Soon they are more together than not, and the relationship is much more than client/lawyer or even friends.  Even knowing she will be leaving, Julia allows herself to lose herself in Paul...and before she knows it she's lost her heart. Julia truly finds her muse in Sanctuary...between both Paul and Darkside, her whisper horse she discovers; both help her feel whole.  Julia has her secret though, and Paul has some of his own.  Julia wants to move on though and comes clean with Paul.  Paul is less willing to let his go though.  When Julia helps him see who he really is and wants to be, he pushes away...has he pushed Julia too far?  Will they both be brave enough to discover that secrets are most powerful when hidden away?  Will they find the freedom to be with each other, finding a way to make a relationship work in different worlds?  Paul might need to revisit who he really is and what makes him happy if he is going to have any chance with Julia.  Country Roads is a great romantic read!  Nancy delves into not only the relationship between lovers, but the family relationships hidden in the background too.  With this, Nancy gives us some great characters in Country Roads...realistic people you can easily picture walking down your street.  The relationship between Paul and Julia, as quick as it evolves, is dynamic...pulling them and the reader in all directions!  Julia is a lot stronger than the people she's previously surrounded herself with give her credit for.  She's strong, smart, and quite capable of being independent!  She's willing to take chances and put herself out there...despite her fear of rejection.  I really loved watching Julia become more and more confident, less worried about what others' think, but at the same time still thoughtful of others. Paul has always been someone everyone goes to and looks up to...he never wants to let anyone down and puts others' needs before his own, even if it's making him unhappy.  Inside of serious Paul, I can see the carefree, fun loving guy that Julia can too.  Hopefully he can find a way to do what he wants to do, what makes him happy.  I haven't read the first book in this series, but Country Roads can definitely stand alone!  Fast paced and never bored, I loved Nancy's writing!  Her descriptives of Darkside in particular were so vivid I could picture him easily in my mind, and feel his breath as he reached for a carrot!   Country Roads was a real page turner, a really sweet romance between two people not looking for love...who might find it anyway, and it will be up to them what they do with it. I highly recommend this romance!