Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Deb Vogts Debut Novel

On the cover:

Mattie Evans grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Although her family has lost their ranch, she still calls this land home. A skilled young veterinarian, she struggles to gain the confidence of the local ranchers. Fortunately, her best friend and staunchest support is John McCray, owner of the Lightning M Ranch. They both love the ranch and neither can imagine living anywhere but in the Flint Hills.

Gil McCray, John's estranged son, is a pro football player living in California. The ranch is where his mother died and where every aspect of the tallgrass prairie stirs unwanted memories. Gil decides leaving the ranch is the best solution for his ailing father and his own ailing heart. But he doesn't count on falling in love.

When Mattie is called in to save an injured horse, she finds herself unwillingly tossed into the middle of a family conflict. Secret pain, passions, and agendas play out against the beautiful landscapes as love leads to some unexpected conclusions about forgiveness and renewal.

"A really good story that I enjoyed a lot." Jane, one reader, says about Deb's debut book. (Jane's looking forward to reading the second and third book in this series.)

I was one of Deb's critique partners when she wrote this book, and I highly recommend it. Deb knows the setting, has knowledge about horses, and is a skilled writer who will keep you turning the pages. I saw her go through a tough period and come out with success.

The activity of happiness must occupy an entire lifetime; for one swallow does not a summer make. Aristotle


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