Born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, Nancy Herkness’s passion for writing romance began the day her grandmother gave her a Georgette Heyer novel. After graduating from Princeton University with honors in English literature and creative writing, she had successful careers in retail, computer programming, and marketing before finally returning to her first love: writing. The author of A Bridge to Love, Shower of Stars, and Music of the Night, Herkness was named one of 2003’s Best Up and Coming Authors in the Affaire de Coeur’s readers’ poll. She is also a winner of the Golden Leaf Award, the Aspen Gold Award, and the Write Touch Readers’ Award. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs.
Take Me Homeby Nancy Herkness
When Claire Parker left Sanctuary, West Virginia, she thought it was for good. But now she’s back, reeling from an ugly divorce. Readjusting to small-town life is harder than Claire expected, so she’s surprised, and grateful, to find companionship in Willow, an abused Thoroughbred mare. Willow is Claire’s “whisper horse,” and they share a special, rare bond. Except Willow isn’t the only one helping Claire heal; Willow’s ruggedly handsome veterinarian, Dr. Tim Arbuckle, is sympathetic…and secretive.
Devastated by his wife’s death, Tim thought he’d never find love again. The stoic, sexy doctor was sure he’d left his heart behind when he came to Sanctuary. But Claire stirs up the kinds of emotions he thought he’d buried long ago. For the first time, the doctor can see past his grief…until Willow falls gravely ill. Tim and Claire must save Willow’s life and, surrounded by the majestic mountains of West Virginia, believe in a love so encompassing, so intimately intense, their lives will never be the same again.
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Nancy Herkness brings us to Sanctuary, WV and introduces us to characters we would want to have as friends. Claire returns to her hometown to lend her sister a hand during a hard time. She has trouble getting adjusted to small town life, and getting over her own issue- an ugly divorce. She meets Willow, an abused mare, and they help each other begin to heal. Willow's veterinarian, Dr Tim, works with Claire to save the horse and they all ultimately save each other. The series is built around the idea that each person has their own "whisper horse" with whom they can share their troubles. Herkness writes warm, real, relatable romance with characters you want to join for lunch!
When Claire Parker left Sanctuary, West Virginia, she thought it was for good. She never dreamed she would return and be sharing her problems with a “whisper horse”. She has been through an ugly divorce and now is taking care of her ailing sister who is facing some trials of her own. An abused Thoroughbred mare has come to her rescue and they have formed a special bond. She also got to meet the handsome vet who is treating the horse’s wounds. Dr. Tim Arbuckle, was devastated by his wife’s death and is having a hard time opening his heart again. Claire has stirred emotions he thought were deeply buried and the bond gets stronger when her whisper horse falls gravely ill. What a wonderful story. I needed to read a romance I could loose myself in and this one was excellent. Set in the majestic mountains of West Virginia with believable characters in real situations, I truly loved this story. There is a lot happening in this story and I was surprised how quickly I reached the end. It is so well written and perfectly paced. I enjoyed Claire and Tim’s story and I am hoping Holly’s story continues as this is supposed to be a series. The supporting characters are rich and I definitely what more. This book had me wishing for my own whisper horse. What a fantastic idea! I wonder if Willow has friends in the pastures of Wisconsin. This may have been my first experience with this author but it definitely won’t be my last.