Love affairs, village rivalries, horses, jealousy and secrets...
'An all-encompassing whirlwind of activity, wit, fun and frolic. I loved it!' JILL MANSELL.
'If it's brilliant country fun you're after, but you can't afford your own horse (or even if you can), read Fiona Walker immediately!' JENNY COLGAN.
Glamorous Ronnie Percy has been back home in the Cotswolds for a year. But not everyone has forgiven her for abandoning her family twenty-five years ago.
Ronnie's daughter Pax is fighting for custody of her small son as her own marriage disintegrates. Now she is furious to have to spend New Year's Eve waiting to meet some stranger, invited by her mother to help run the family stud farm. The staunchly loyal head groom, Lester, is even more annoyed. Does Ronnie think he's lost his touch?
Luca O'Brien, Irish charmer and reputed heart-breaker, is known throughout the countryside as the Horsemaker. But what happened to Luca's beautiful stallion, Beck, now broken and unrideable in the Compton Magna stables? And what is Luca running away from?
Passionate, sexy, gripping, and laced with wicked humour, this is bestselling Fiona Walker at her dazzling best.
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About the Author
Fiona Walker is the author of eighteen novels, from tales of flat-shares and clubbing in nineties London to today's romping, rural romances set amid shires, spires and stiles. In a career spanning over two decades, she's grown up alongside her readers, never losing her wickedly well-observed take on life, lust and the British in love. She lives in Warwickshire, sharing a slice of Shakespeare Country with her partner, their two daughters and a menagerie of animals. fionawalker.com @fionawalkeruk facebook.com/fiona.walker.16568
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book in the Compton Magna series and I haven't read the first but suspect I would have enjoyed this story much more had I done so. It starts with Horsemaker, Luca O'Brien, being distracted whilst dastardly deeds are being planned.... After this action packed start it slows down to a more leisurely pace as friends enjoy chatting along as they ride. It is a story of families, divorce, relationships, mysteries and so much more - as well as the beloved horses, of course! There are a plethora of characters involved and I had problems sorting out who means what to whom and the relationships between them all, though this becomes clearer as the story progresses. I definitely think reading the first book in the series would have helped overcome this initial obstacle to loving this story. It actually is worth persevering as the intrigue, mystery, relationships and potential romances develop with plenty of twists, turns and humour. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
I think it's fair to say that this one wasn't what I expected it to be. Ronnie Percy is struggling to keep her stud farm on track; so she employs Luca O'Brien, known to all as the Horsemaker, whose reputation precedes him. Ronnie's daughter, Pax, has stayed to help her mother at the stud over the festive season in preference to spending it with her husband and son and the legendary skinflint in-laws. In their case, however, absence doesn't make the heart go stronger . . . I expected this to be entertaining and funny; it has it's moments but, for the most part, I found it to be sad and somewhat depressing. I was disappointed and in all honesty struggled to get through it. I'm sure others will love reading this novel, it just wasn't meant for me. I've settled on three stars which, under the circumstances, I think is fair.