This heartwarming story is an excellent addition to a wonderful series that explores the bond between animals and humans and the healing power of love. There are plenty of serious issues which are explored, including alcoholism and libel, but the gently unfolding relationships that grow as the story progresses are delightful to observe and cause one to experience the emotional highs and lows right along with these characters. It was intriguing to watch Dr. Linden investigate the cause for her patient’s maladies and wonderful to see the benefits of the interactions between both the two-footed and four-footed characters. I love both the way Adam’s passion for food and attention to detail translates into a demonstration of his care for those around him and the correlation between the lives of two very different people who find they complement each other beautifully as they work through their respective demons. I have enjoyed exploring the town of Sanctuary through this book and another in the series, “Country Roads”, and I look forward to meeting more ‘Whisper Horses’ and the humans they help heal.
“The Place I Belong” by Nancy Herkness is part of the delightful contemporary romance ‘Whisper Horse’ series and features Dr. Hannah Linden, a veterinarian who is taking care of her colleague Dr. Tim Arbuckle’s patients in the town of Sanctuary and attempting to find a comfortable place to practice after a serious upheaval in her life. Adam Bosch, owner and head chef of the famed exclusive local restaurant The Aerie, has plenty of his own personal issues to deal with, including a teenage son he never knew existed and he must exert all of the persuasive charm he can muster to convince Hannah to become involved in his life. A lonely pony named Satchmo provides a bridge that will connect all of them but there are many obstacles to overcome before it can be proven that Satchmo is going to continue the tradition of the equines in his stable and become known as the newest ‘Whisper Horse’ of Sanctuary.
Nancy Herkness invites readers back to Sanctuary, West Virginia, in Book Three of the award-winning Whisper Horse series.
Fleeing professional scandal and a broken engagement, veterinarian Hannah Linden abandons Chicago for the mountain town of Sanctuary, West Virginia, hoping to put her troubles with men and the media behind her. But when she encounters world-famous chef Adam Bosch, she finds herself increasingly drawn to the charming but darkly complex man and his troubled teenage son, Matt. Adam, a recovering alcoholic, fears he can never be a worthy father to the surly, distant boy he has just come to know, and enlists Hannah’s help in his struggle to connect with his son.
Hoping to coax Matt out of his shell, Hannah introduces the boy to an ailing brown pony who has the power to change his view of the world. But can the determined little whisper horse prove to Hannah, Adam, and Matt that they were meant to be a family?