Gift Horse by Jan Ruth

Screen Shot 2019-03-19 at 09.52.12Genre: contemporary Women’s Fiction


Imagine living eighteen years of your life around a mistake…

Caroline Walker’s daughter suffers a horrific riding accident. Her distraught parents wonder if she’ll ever walk again, let alone ride. And when Mollie’s blood group is discovered as rare, her husband offers to donate blood. Except Ian is not a match. In fact, it’s unlikely he’s Mollie’s father.
Eighteen years previously, Caroline had a one-night stand with Irish rock star, Rory O’Connor. Caroline fell pregnant. Deeply flawed boyfriend, Ian, was overjoyed. And Caroline’s parents were simply grateful that their daughter was to marry into the rich, influential Walker family.
Caroline turns to Rory’s friend Connor; and although his almost spiritual connection with his horses appears to be the balm she needs, Caroline cannot forget Rory, or her youth – both lost to a man she never loved. Eighteen years on and after surviving cancer Rory lives as a virtual recluse in the Welsh mountains. Through his well-meaning but interfering sister, he is shocked to discover he has a teenage daughter. Or does he? As the truth begins to unravel, Caroline finds herself faced with a complex trail of moral dilemma.
Someone has made a terrible mistake… someone is going to get hurt…

Karen’s Magic Review

At Christmas I came across a free book called Home for Christmas, by this author and it contained three Christmas stories. I really enjoyed them and went to look what else Jan Ruth had written. I’ve always had a soft spot for horses and the cover immediately grabbed me. Then I read the description and I was sold.

It was available on Kindle Unlimited, so I downloaded it. I wasn’t disappointed. It was thoroughly absorbing. It was one of those books – and I haven’t had one for a while – where you think about it between reads and just can’t wait to get back to see what happen next.

The story is about families and relationships and there is nothing more fascinating than us humans, and how we deal with emotional situations.

This book would have perfect except for one thing, and I don’t want to spoil anything by telling you exactly what as you may not agree. It was the ending. I’d have preferred her to have chosen which man she was going to end up with. I was rooting for both but felt I was being lead down the path of one in particular. I was wrong, and although the ending was satisfactory, it just failed at the last post.

Fantastic book, and well worth a download.

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