Jack is only interested in helping horses. Period. Their human owners irritate him.
He's working with a terrified gelding when a mystery woman calls on his cell phone. She contacts him once a year and says the same short sentence.
Already rattled, that evening he receives bad news which sends him back to his native England for the first time in 17 years.
The evil secrets he's had under tight control for nearly two decades quickly begin to unravel, and on returning to his Maryland farm he is forced to share an embarrassing truth with a total stranger.
A wounded Jack opens his reluctant heart to a boy in dire need of what only the trainer can offer, and discovers a talent for healing more than horses.
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Riding Out the Devil by Hilary Walker Like this book so much because it's the start of the series that I've read the last three of already. Like putting the missing pieces together and wondered why things were the way they were in future books. Jack is running the horse farm and is notified of his mothers death and funeral that he is able to attend and he comes clean to his father about the past... Love how he reaches out to a boy that has UC like himself and he educates them on how it can become better with right diet, exercise and sleep. He has trial and error periods to find out what causes flareups-especailly as everybody is different with the disease. Love hearing of the very specific details of how to deal with the horses once he starts training the boy how to deal with the horse. Introduction to Father Michael to the farm as he used to ride prior to entering the monastery. mysterious yearly calls that still upset Jack. Love bible quotes that are tossed out-there should be more, in appropriate places during conversations. Some leave me with a smile as they are almost like a wives tale but they work. Father Michael asks him for more help after Joe leaves because he did such a good job with him. Jack in his mind is telling his mother to get off his case... Love how he is able to talk to the Father and can confide in him and is welcomed back to the church and how he now has closure from his past mistakes. About the author and other works are highlighted at the end. Lots of medical advice about UC. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
This is such a good all around story. Jack, the horse trainer, grew up in Britain, but found his home in the Americas as a specialist who could work with nearly any kind of horse, especially problem horses. He had a knack for knowing just what the horses needed to fix their problems. He preferred working with the horses alone, but once in awhile he worked with others to help the owner get what needed to be done for his horse. We discover that Jack prefers his own company. He's had some bad experiences and as a horse healer, needs some healing of his own. Just recently his mother passed on after a heart attack, and he reflected how she helped him with some health problems he's had since he was 17 years old. Now that she is absent, he feels the need to help someone else with the same type of healthy problem he had. So when the opportunity came to combine his healing power with a horse and his young 17-year-old owner with the same health condition, he takes on the project, mostly out of guilt. It turned out well, and the opportunity actually made him feel good about himself. Perhaps he wasn't such a lost cause after all. It became a tribute to his mother and her hard work to make him well in spite of what the doctors told her. My favorite part of the book is all that had to do with horses, their training, and care. It was an important part of the characterization of the main character, Jack Harper. It is through the author's attention to detail in this part of the story that we see a pleasing transformation come for Jack as he worked with the boy and his horse. He not only guided the boy into better eating that made his life more comfortable, he didn't mind helping someone else as much as he thought he would. And after years of running away from God (in the form of rejecting his former church), he finally found peace within himself and with God. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from CKN Christian Publishing on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.