Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning have so much in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ashley runs a horse rescue operation, while Ben has started an equine therapy barn on his great-great grandfather’s farm—and both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.
But they share something else that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with ten years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother, Dylan, is an opioid addict, currently residing in court-ordered rehab. Ashley has promised herself she would never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction—because in her mind, addicts can never be fully cured. But with God, all things are possible. Will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance, or will her brother’s mistakes jeopardize her future with Ben?
I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe this book. I think the best description is unrushed.
You meet the hero and the heroine right away, then the story just sort of meanders to the end. There’s not a lot of action. There aren’t any real subplots (a few are mentioned, but nothing comes of them — they just sort of figure themselves out). It’s just Ben and Ashley slowly making their way to their happily ever after.
There’s a dual timeline with Ben’s great-great-grandfather, but I’m not really sure how it ties in with the main story; it could have been left out without taking anything away from the plot.)
The story kind of reminded me of watching an episode of the Waltons. If you enjoy that slower pace and simplified storyline, this might be the book for you. Get your copy here!