Stallions at Burnt Rock|
(western) A single woman in raises horses on her Texas ranch, and enters a race to prove the value of her top stallion.
Set in 1870, just after the Civil War, Lee Morgan is a single woman and devout Christian raising horses on her ranch in Burnt Rock, Texas. To market their horses, she and a neighboring friend agree to race their top stallions at the annual Harvest Days Festival.
However, excited by the prospect of a race, the town fills with lawless gamblers who disturb the peace and will stop at nothing to tamper with the race.
|a bit heavy-handed, by ponydom on October 21, 2006|
|Lee Morgan is a strong protagonist and a fairly good character. She (and the author) obviously know horses. This is intended as a Christian novel, and while that shouldn't detract from a good story, I felt the author went over the top with his didactic hand-wringing about gambling. I never really felt in the story, both because I felt a bit lectured at and because the author felt the need to really emphasize, "we're in the past" by, for example, constantly referring to The War Between The States instead of just saying, "the War," as I would expect people in that era would actually do. Guns also figure prominently in the story.|
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