“Where the Horses Run" by Kaki Warner, is the third book in the series “The Heroes of Heartbreak Creek”. I enjoyed the book quite a bit. It was a look into the differences between the American West and Scotland and England in the late 19th century and was well written.
The story takes place near Penrith, England, in 1871. It is the story of a Scottish Earl, Ash Kirkwell and his wife Maddie who are travelling back to Scotland in order that the Earl spends some time at his Scottish home. On the way, they make a detour to purchase horses for their new enterprise in Colorado. Ash has hired a wrangler, Rayford Jessup from Texas to purchase the horses for him in England from the Cathcarts. They are also joined by Thomas, a half-breed Cheyenne Indian. Josephine Cathcart is a young woman, who because of an indiscretion when she was sixteen, who loves only her son and her horse, Pembroke’s Pride. Her father is a gambler who has wasted their hard-earned fortune on wagers and gambling. He is trying to force Josephine to marry into the nobility to save his holdings.
Josie and Rafe are destined to be together no matter all the obstacles that appear to keep them apart. I enjoyed Josie for her spirit and spunk and her determination not to waste the rest of her life on someone she does not love. I thought that the dialogue among the Kirkwells, Thomas and Rafe were amusing at times. Ash Kirkwell’s use of the English language with a Scottish brogue was highly entertaining all through the story.
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?A truly original new voice” (New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas), award-winning author Kaki Warner returns to the characters of Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, as a troubled cowboy and a desperate Englishwoman come together to mend their mistakes from the past and create an exciting new future?
Wounded in body and spirit after a shootout, Rayford Jessup leaves his career as a lawman and uses his gift with damaged horses to bring meaning to his solitary life. Hired by a Scotsman in Heartbreak Creek to purchase thoroughbreds, he travels to England, unaware that a traumatized horse and a beautiful Englishwoman will change his life forever.
Josephine Cathcart loves two things: her illegitimate son and her injured stallion. Faced with her father’s looming bankruptcy, she must choose between a loveless marriage to the man who ruined her, or risk her horse and her future on a handsome, taciturn Texan and a high-stakes horse race. But as vengeful forces conspire against them, will Rafe’s love and healing touch be enough to save her horse and protect her and her son?