Bluegrass Bend by Mandy Magro
Ivy Tucker was a gifted musician with big dreams but the night she was viciously attacked took all that away from her. Without the intervention of a mystery man she would have been killed. She has no idea what her protector looks like and though she wrote to him, he never responded. She can't blame him wanting to forget the past, she feels the same. To survive, she focuses on the healing work she does alongside her aunts at Healing Hills – working with horses to help people rebuild their shattered lives. But her home, her life and her business are under threat...
Ronny Sinclair is finally free after eight years in prison. He regrets ending a life, but in the heat of the moment it was the only way to save another. The young woman he protected was worth every second he spent locked up, and her face and angelic voice are etched in his heart and mind forever. A bittersweet twist of fate gives him a new start in her hometown, Bluegrass Bend. Would she recognise him? Could she, after the terrible state she'd been left in?
Fate intervenes, pushing Ronny and Ivy together at a fundraising event. When Ivy needs Ronny to help her save Healing Hills, he knows he should keep his past hidden, that he should stay away from her, but their love of the country, horses and music brings Ivy and Ronny closer – dangerously so. As feelings build their fragile trust is threatened by Ronny's secret. Will his determination to leave the past behind him cost them their chance at love?
The cover for Bluegrass Bend is stunning, and I requested a review copy from NetGalley on that alone.
I loved the setting, rural Australia on a farm where horses are used therapeutically. I love this idea. I've spent some time helping at Riding for the Disabled and I know what a wonderful experience that can be. Though Ivy is so busy helping others heal, that she hasn't fully healed herself. I loved following her as she continued her healing journey.
This novel is full of secrets and brings up the question of when is keeping a secret the best choice, and when should it be shared? Who are secrets really protecting? The person they are being kept from or the person keeping them?
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Where: NetGalley
- Format: ebook