When Clay Ross suddenly loses his wife of forty years, her memorial sends his mind straying down a path of memories to 1954 and the day Lucy Reynolds first rode into his life. Although terrified of horses, and of Lucy’s disapproving father, Clay set out to win his “horseback angel”.
Decades later, alone in the life he created with Lucy, Clay contemplates ending it all as he struggles to find a way through his immobilizing grief. His wife is dead, his sons have abandoned him. Only his granddaughter and his horses shine light into his darkened world.
This prequel to the Double R Series, is the story of how one encounter can alter the course of a life, and how loss, no matter how profound, can be overcome.
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When Vancouver journalist Johanna Ross learns of her grandfather’s death, she’s devastated. But her devastation turns to confusion when she discovers he’s left his Alberta horse ranch to her in his will. Although she spent summers at the Double R as a girl, Johanna hasn’t visited for over twenty years or been on a horse since that time.
On the heels of a less-than-ideal proposal of marriage from her boyfriend, Johanna travels to Alberta to arrange for the dispersal of her inheritance. As she sorts through her grandfather’s finances and belongings, she rediscovers her childhood love of the ranch and its residents, and becomes torn between her west coast life and her grandfather’s wish for her to keep the Double R.
Her father wants her to sell the ranch and share in the proceeds, her boyfriend wants her to marry him and move to Toronto, the ranch hand and his wife want to keep the only home they’ve known for forty years, and the hostile horse trainer with the nice face wants nothing more than to have Johanna out of his sight. But what does Johanna want?
A Heartland meets The Horse Whisperer story of one woman’s search for her own map and compass.
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When a troubled and mysterious woman turns up at Paul Hutchings’ Baja hotel, his thoughts are thrown back to a time when his own life lay in shambles. As he observes Sandra’s struggle to find her way through an unnamed grief, he revisits the losses that threatened to break him.
Seven years earlier, after losing a career-changing acting role, the love of his life, and in middle age, his hair, Paul was set adrift until an old friend extended a lifeline, and Paul embarked on a journey which dramatically altered the course of his life. As he left his home in the UK and travelled to Australia, the United States, to Canada, and finally to Mexico, Paul’s journey evolved from running to seeking.
A novella prequel to the women’s fiction/romance novel House of the Blue Sea, Becoming Pablo is a story of finding one’s true self amid the rubble of a life.
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After suffering a devastating loss, artist Sandra Lyall runs south to Mexico seeking solace from her grief. She finds refuge in a small Baja hotel on the edge of the sea to which she returns each winter to continue the healing of her heart. But this year’s stay would be different. When a scruffy Englishman with a posh accent offers to buy the painting she’s working on, everything changes, and Sandra finds herself torn between her hard-won serenity and her draw to a compelling but risky alternative.
With the magical waters of the Sea of Cortez as its backdrop, House of the Blue Sea tells a tale of surviving loss, seeing the extraordinary, and finding happiness in unexpected places.
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