Title: One Step Forward
Author Name & Publisher: Tia Fielding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 8, 2016 – 236 pgs
Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.
Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.
This was a very sweet story. Somewhat slow at times, but sweet overall.
You have two characters who are struggling – one outwardly and one inwardly. They learn from each other, lean on each other and each has to learn how to trust themselves again.
Josh is struggling – he was once a horse rider who was capable of going to the Olympics. When an accident claims his confidence and his horses’ ability to trust, it’s up to Sam to bring these two back to life. The way that Sam works with both Calla and Josh, even Josh’s close friends and family is somewhat of a miracle. He’s patient, kind, pushy and loving all wrapped in to one hot package.
You can really feel the distress that this family is under – Fielding is descriptive in both the surroundings and character analysis. Without those descriptors, I don’t think that we would have gotten the full colored picture – it would have been a fuzzy, black and white photograph.
I really enjoyed this story – the secondary characters helped to move the story along. I hope that they get their own stories.
While I really did enjoy this story, I felt that it was both missing details that would have been nice but it also dragged on in certain parts – maybe too many descriptors. That being said, I enjoyed this story a lot.
Tia Fielding lives in a peaceful little town in a small country in northern Europe. She loves nature, her horses, cats, and even the yappy little thing that occasionally gets called a dog. Tia learned to read before she went to school at the age six and began writing as soon as she figured she had stories to tell around the mature age of seven. Stories about horses, adventures, and ghosts might have turned into hot GLBTQ-romance, but she still has a wicked imagination and, hopefully, more stories to tell.