An inspirational story about love, tragedy, heartbreak, and renewal as a young woman deals with her serious health issues, a fractured family life, and the prospect of romantic love while trying to remain focused on her studies and a lifelong dream.
Kenzie Caine is enrolled at Vanderbilt University, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. When she lands a summer job caring for and helping to rehabilitate abused horses at the Bellmeade Estate stables, she is over-the-moon happy. One place she does not want to be is at home with her parents. Since the tragic death of Kenzie's younger sister, her mother has unraveled and her father has lost Kenzie's trust.
At the stables, Kenzie is in her element. But a serious heart condition limits her ability to complete the more physical aspects of the job, so her employers have tasked the charming Austin Boyd with helping her. But Austin has secrets. And as Kenzie and Austin become closer, those secrets threaten to harm their relationship, as well as reveal other startling truths.
Once again Lurlene McDaniel delivers the type of story for which she is famous--and readers everywhere will be reaching for their tissues.--from the publisher
288 pages 978-1524719487 Ages 12 and up
Keywords: love, illness, loss, secrets, relationship, animal rescue, trust, family, grief, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, resilience, healing, horses
Read alikes: Breathless, The Year of Luminous Love, The Year of Chasing Dreams, Losing Gabriel, Heart to Heart, Last Dance (all by Lurlene McDaniel) and many more