Reviewed by Julina K. Small
Spirit Horses begins when a once-wild mustang from a rare herd in Wyoming finds herself on the ranch of a highly successful horse trainer, Shane Carson. Shane lives in Tennessee, a place far from where the horse originated, and even farther from where the legends of her herd are about to take him. The mare has a mysterious broken-arrow brand on her side. Shane’s wife, Jen, researches the brand and discovers that the mare is descended from a lineage of horses that have helped to shape the American West.
Saved from the meat market by a woman at an auction, the mare becomes an incredibly rewarding challenge for Shane who trains her to be the perfect riding pony for his two young children. Dubbed “Sloppy” by Shane’s young daughter because she is so muddy when she arrives, the horse turns out to be exactly the opposite of her name.
When a tragedy strikes in Shane’s life, he loses his focus on training and struggles to find a way to keep himself going from day to day. The mare then leads him on a journey to keep a special promise and Shane’s life is transformed as ancient traditions and modern greed collide.
Having spent a year in Wyoming myself, I loved the descriptive imagery the author, Alan S. Evans, used to depict the wild lands of the Wind River Valley. The characters in the story are distinct and the action and drama kept me turning page after page.
Evans has personal experience from many years of riding, working with, and training horses and has used his knowledge as the secret ingredient that really makes this story believable.
A wonderful blend of Western, Fiction, Drama, Adventure, and Romance genres.
Armchair Interviews says: A superb new voice in fiction who delivers a 5-star read.
Author’s Web site: http://www.AlanSevans.com