Wild Horse Springs
by Jodi Thomas
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (January 24, 2017)
In the heart of Ransom Canyon, sometimes the right match for a lonely soul is the one you least expect.
Dan Brigman may not lead the most exciting life, but he’s proud of what he’s achieved: he’s a respected lawman, and he’s raised a bright, talented daughter on his own. But finding a lone, sparkly blue boot in the middle of a deserted highway gets him thinking maybe the cowgirl who lost it is exactly the shake-up he needs.
After losing her baby girl, Brandi Malone felt like her soul died along with her daughter. Now singing in small-town bars to make ends meet, she’s fine being a drifter—until a handsome sheriff makes her believe that parking her boots under his bed is a better option.
College grad Lauren Brigman has just struck out on her own in downtown Dallas when a troubling phone call leads her back home to Crossroads. Her hometown represents her family, friends and deepest hopes, but also her first love, Lucas Reyes. Will Lauren’s homecoming be another heartbreak, or a second chance for her and Lucas?
You shouldn’t cuss, mister. We heard you way back in the canyon yelling out words I’ve seen written but never knew how to pronounce.
The manager said once that drunks were like fish – they smelled if left out overnight.
You do have a death wish, don’t you? I’ve already told you I’m not the kind of girl who does well on dates… All right, but it’s been my experience that I am terrible when it comes to men. My prom date brought me home at nine, then went back to the dance.
I’m not sure the two losers who broke into my cell had a clear plan. They might have been hired killers, but they looked like they were paid in quarters.
‘About our marriage.’ Her smile was so sweet he knew it was poison. ‘ I don’t believe in divorce, Ranger Winslow, so I guess I’ll have to make myself a widow.’ He tried to smile, but he wasn’t sure she was kidding.
Wild Horse Springs was packed with a cavalcade of odd and quirky characters. Written from a third person POV, I frequently smirked at Ms. Thomas’s use of wry humor and amusing observational details. I enjoyed this entertaining and eventful tale with several active storylines and unsolved crimes. The small town was unusually bustling with activity and appeared to have suddenly become a hotbed of crime, and unfortunately for the sheriff, just when he’d finally found a possible love interest with a feisty singer who was passing through. The writing was entertaining, enjoyable, and easy to follow.
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. She is a certified marriage and family counselor, a Texas Tech graduate and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives with her husband in Amarillo, Texas.