Title: “Leave It to Chance”
Author: Sheri Sand
Genre: Christian fiction
Rated: B+ (enjoyable)
Finished: Nov.25, 2008
From the back of the book:
Single mom of three, Sierra Montgomery is struggling to make ends meet and facing the reality of moving back home to a mother who is full of good intentions and overbearing love. When Sierra inherits Chance, a quirky old gelding she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, she thinks her best bet may be to sell the horse to cover another month’s rent — a decision that devastates her children.
Enter Ross Morgan, a handsome landscaper who just happens to have an empty barn and fenced pasture…perfect for an old horse to live out his days as the pet of three wounded kids. Ross develops a soft spot for Sierra’s eldest boy, Braden…and he just might have one for Braden’s mother. But what he doesn’t have is time for distractions–he’s got a landscaping business to run and nursery plants to tend.
There is just one problem: Sierra is terrified of horses, and combined with the scars from her past, it may be more than budding feelings can weather. Will she remain distrustful and self-reliant, or will she seek help from God and those who love her?
This was a good book. Sure, it could’ve stood a little extra editing, and Sierra’s stance on God (especially nearer the end of the book) seemed a bit contrived, but otherwise it was very well-written. I could really feel the kids’ struggle as they were pulled between two divorced parents, as I went through that myself once-upon-a-time. The author did a really good job of portraying their struggle, as well as Sierra’s frustration trying to go it alone as a single mom.
I enjoyed this one. 😉