The Secrets of Emberwild by Stephenia H. McGee

About the Book

A gifted trainer in a time women are not allowed to race, Nora Fenton prefers horses to men. They’re easier to handle, they’re more reliable, and they never tell her what to do. After her father’s passing, Nora is determined to save her struggling horse farm, starting with entering her prize colt into the harness races at the 1905 Mississippi Fair. If she wins, she may have a chance at independence. But when a stranger arrives and starts asking disconcerting questions, she suspects he may have other motives than unseating her in the training job that is rightfully hers.

Silas Cavallero will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of his father’s death–even if it means training an unwieldy colt for Nora, who wants nothing more than to see him gone. But when mysterious accidents threaten their safety and circumstances shrouded in secrets begin unlocking clues to his past, Silas will have to decide if the truth is worth risking ruining everything for the feisty woman he’s come to admire.

About the Author

Stephenia H. McGee is the award-winning author of many stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. When she’s not reading or sipping sweet tea on the front porch, she’s a writer, dreamer, husband spoiler, and busy mom of two rambunctious boys. Learn more at

My Thoughts

The gorgeous cover piqued my interest in this novel and the back cover blub about horses confirmed my desire to read it.  This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed the intriguing plot and twists and turns.  I thought the action was a little slow to start, but once it picked up, I had a harder time putting the novel down.  I thought the romance was well written and believable, and I enjoyed reading the perspectives of the two main characters, even though Nora’s naïveté annoyed me at times.  The research the author did about horses is clear as the details are interwoven well into the plot.  I thought the story wrapped up well.  I did overall enjoy this novel and look forward to reading more by this author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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