From Kate, who is looking for a historical she read, with some horses.
I’m trying to locate a romance story I read a couple of years ago. I can’t
remember the author or title nor do I remember all the details of the plot.
Here’s what I do remember: male lead has a ward (niece or daughter) and
ends up bring in the female lead. The female lead is trying to pass herself
off as respectable and keep her past a secret because I believe the father
was an accused thief (or maybe a swindler) and if I remember correctly the
female lead brings with her an older gentlemen who knows of her past and
what she is trying to do.
Ward wants to learn how to ride but male lead
doesn’t want to teach her and you later on learn the reason is because his
brother or best friend was killed in a horse race that the male lead was
supposed to do with him and the horse that killed the brother/best friend is
out of the male lead’s stable and he knows the horse is a fast/dangerous
ride. I don’t remember what happened to the mother. Female lead gets
permission to teach the ward to ride, although she really thinks the male
lead should do the teaching. Female lead doesn’t ride side saddle very well
(rides better astride) but refuses to admit that to the male lead.
At one point in the early on riding lessons the ward says to the female lead
she will race her back to the stables, the ward’s horse bolts back to the
stable (the horse apparently likes her feed), female lead tries to stop the
ward’s horse but I believe ends up falling off her own horse and hurting
her leg. The male lead ends up coming looking for the female lead who
apologizes about the ward’s horse bolting, male lead informs the female
lead he has reprimanded his ward but will still let her learn how to ride
but that he will be taking over the riding lessons.
I think at some other point during the book the ward disappears and all the
characters go out searching for her. The female lead I believe finds her but
the male lead blames the female lead for the ward’s disappearance and the
two leads have a fight. Throughout the entire book, there is a battle of
wills between the two leads.
It’s like a rule: just like the ancillary characters can’t show James Bond pictures of their kids without being killed in the next scene, a hero can’t keep his fears a secret because that is just the horse the heroine will choose to ride. Which sounds sort of dirty now that I’ve thought about it. Anyone remember this book?