Twisted Road Publications
1400 Village Square Blvd., Suite 3-234
Tallahassee, FL 32312
9781940189024, $14.95, 360pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Jesse McKnight wakes to find that his wife has vanished with only a vague note declaring that she has done so in search of "something better." Her departure thrusts Jesse into the reluctant role of single parent, and his clumsy attempts to bridge years of emotional absence only further alienates his three children. His artistic sixteen-year-old son, Cole, is ashamed of his father's inability to affect a more promising future and blames him for his mother's unlikely decision to abandon him and his sisters to his inept care. Five-year-old sister, Sky is afraid of her father, and will not so much as speak. Only eleven-year-old Katie, a tough realist with a soft spot for broken things, has always tried to believe in him. It's Katie's dream of owning a horse, coupled with Jesse's imagined redemption that leads him to purchase, sight unseen from a brutal owner, a mustang mare. Upon delivery, the terrified animal crashes through...