Set against the sweeping landscape of Virginia horse country, this breathtaking story of love in the wake of tragedy marks the debut of an exciting voice in romantic fiction.
Cassie Miller was on track to be one of the best equestrian riders of the sport when a terrible accident left her as the guardian of an orphaned niece and nephew. Seeking means to support the twins -- now five years old -- Cassie takes a job as a horse trainer at the prestigious Five Oaks farm where she finds not one, but two worthy adversaries -- Orion, a bold, dark horse that has yet to find a rider it deems its equal, and local veterinarian Caleb Wells, a man whose startling good looks and quick wit leave Cassie unnerved.
As Cassie trains Orion for competition, Caleb, a partner in the farm, watches over their progress. A womanizer since his recent divorce, he soon finds his heart softening for this strong and gifted woman -- and for her unconventional family. But as Orion's Hampton Classic competition looms, Caleb's vengeful ex-wife threatens to ruin everything Cassie and Caleb have worked for...
Reminiscent of the early classics in romantic fiction, Ride A Dark Horse is a winning tale of the bittersweet glories of life and the transformative power of love.
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February 26, 2001
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Excerpt from Ride a Dark Horse by Laura Moore
As Cassie Miller drove the Jeep Wagoneer down the sloping hill that led to the farm's driveway, she caught herself chanting, "I think I can, I think I can." Glancing ruefully at her reflection in the rearview mirror, she prayed that her nervousness wouldn't ruin her interview.
The entrance to the driveway was marked by the sign Five Oaks. Pulling in, she steered the Jeep over to the side of the well-graded dirt road, cut the engine, and twisted around to face the backseat.
"Okay, kids, time for a face and hands check." Two small children looked back at her with matching deep blue eyes and golden curls. They waited expectantly.
"All right, you guys, stick 'em up!" Cassie said in her best James Cagney voice. The two giggling five-year-olds raised their hands to the level of the front seat and showed them to Cassie for inspection. Cassie took Jamie's and then Sophie's, examining each in turn.
"Excellent! We've got two clean pairs of hands here. Now, Jamie, how many fingers have you got? We don't want any missing."
Jamie looked down, wiggling his fingers. "One, two, three, four, five," he began and rushed on, "six, seven, eight, nine, ten!"
"That's terrific. Now I know you'll be able to shake hands politely with Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer."
"What about me?" clamored Sophie, eager to be included in the game.
"Have you got ten fingers, too, Pumpkin?"
"Yes!" crowed Sophie triumphantly. "Just look!"
"Why, imagine that! You're right! What luck. You do have ten fingers." Cassie pretended to wipe her brow. "Whew! I was so worried! But what about your faces? Are those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you had at lunch in your tummies or on your cheeks?"
"In our tummies!" cried both children, this time a little doubtfully.
"Hmm, I guess they look clean enough."