An inspiring tale of how a battered horse and an old dream help repair a shattered life.
Holly lost everything when her husband was arrested. Now divorced and at loose ends, the only thing she has to fall back on is her cousin's offer to set her up in a little house at the edge of a ranch called the Tipped Z.
Growing up with wealth, privilege, and the dream of competing on horseback in the Olympics, Holly never guessed she'd end up in her mid-thirties divorced, homeless, unemployed, and nearly broke. She, a one-time Olympic hopeful, hasn't ridden a horse in almost 20 years.
So when the friendly inhabitants of the ranch offer to take her riding, Holly doesn't exactly jump at the chance. She's accustomed to world-class eventers, after all. Not broken down cowponies.
Meanwhile, there's a fancy mansion going up on the ridge behind her house. It's presence represents the loss of important grazing to the Tipped Z. When Holly has to chance to help the owner with his own horses, she realizes she may be able to forge a link between the super cute, super friendly and super rich Luke Rastenhaus and the ranchers he displaced.
All she has to do is learn to love working cattle while teaching Luke what she's learning at the same time, and try not to lose her heart in the bargain.
Vaquera's Haven can be read as a stand-alone novel, but it is the fourth book in the Tipped Z series. These books combine love, horsemanship, family, and the Tucson desert into easy-reading stories. For the richest experience, read them all!
About the Author
Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Stefani always hoped to marry a cowboy. She did not. (Instead she married a man who turned into a cowboy, but that's a story for another day.) She has always loved to write stories and ride horses, and now frequently writes stories about riding horses (and falling in love.)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an intriguing story about a woman who loses everything after the arrest of her husband. With everything up in the air she takes advantage of the help of her cousins and goes to live on their ranch. Her lifestyle changes tremendously and once an Olympic contender for horseback she is relegated to broken down cowponies. When a new house is built behind the home she now lives in valuable grazing land is lost to the Tipped Z. Will everything work out in the long run? Will the new owner present problems for The Tipped Z and Holly. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.