Book Review, Historical

Book Review – The Secrets of Emberwild

The Secrets of Emberwild

by Stephenia H McGee

About the book

A gifted trainer in a time women are not allowed to race, Nora Fenton prefers horses to men. They’re easier to handle, they’re more reliable, and they never tell her what to do. After her father’s passing, Nora is determined to save her struggling horse farm, starting with entering her prize colt into the harness races at the 1905 Mississippi Fair. If she wins, she may have a chance at independence. But when a stranger arrives and starts asking disconcerting questions, she suspects he may have other motives than unseating her in the training job that is rightfully hers.

Silas Cavallero will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of his father’s death–even if it means training an unwieldy colt for Nora, who wants nothing more than to see him gone. But when mysterious accidents threaten their safety and circumstances shrouded in secrets begin unlocking clues to his past, Silas will have to decide if the truth is worth risking ruining everything for the feisty woman he’s come to admire.

My Thoughts

This is a beautiful story about horses. I’ve always loved horses…from a distance, that is. I’ve only ever had a few opportunities to ride, and I’ve always been so intrigued by them.

This story is set on a horse farm in Mississippi in 1905.

Main character, the heroine of the story, is Nora, a horse trainer instead of the lady she’s supposed to be.

I couldn’t help loving Nora, right from the very beginning of the book. Nora has a special bond with her horse, Arrow. She wants nothing more than to train Arrow and race him. But this was 1905, and those telling her what to do did their best to keep her out of the stable.

When Silas shows up, asking questions about events from long ago, and there is a mystery to solve.

This book was a fun read. Intriguing, mysterious, and captivating.

If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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