876464: Second Chance Ranch Second Chance Ranch

By Leann Harris / Steeple Hill Books

Former soldier and rodeo rider Zachary McClure’s war injuries are far deeper than physical. Skeptical that anyone can reach the dark place in his soul, he visits an Albuquerque equine therapy ranch with no expectations. How can horses possibly mend his physical and emotional injuries when nothing-and no one-else has? He finds the answer when he meets Sophie Powell, an ex-army medic with a sunny smile, gentle touch and a determination to help others through horse therapy. But behind her big hopes and cheerful attitude lurks pain-and Zachary is just the man to change that. He can make Sophie’s dreams a reality.and she may be the woman to heal this wounded hero’s heart.

The Interview

I’m very excited to have Leann Harris as a guest on my blog and appreciate her taking the time to do this interview.

When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
I’d  love to talk to Jonathan, King David’s friend and Saul’s son.  Here was a man who should’ve been king, but he recognized that God had chosen David.  Jonathan love David, and he loved his father, but saw the flaws in the man.  Jonathan is a man of courage and wisdom.  I admire him.
What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Did you struggle with wanting to be king?  Or was your love for God and David greater than your ambition?
When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work for the foreign service and work overseas at an American embassy.  I’ve written several spy stories.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions or set goals for the upcoming year?  If so, would you like to share one of your goals for 2011?
I was looking at the flyer that the local Christian book story sent out.  I want to get a couple of books to expand my Bible knowledge.  I’m going on Saturday to shop the sale.  I also want to join a Bible study.  I feel a need to discuss with others the scriptures.
We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
I think a good review gives a brief synopsis, then shares with the readers how the book touched them or gave them some insight or enjoyment.  What was your takeaway.  I’ve always believed you can say truth in fiction better than non-fiction.  You can reach a bigger audience.

Thanks Leann.  I agree that you can say truth in fiction better than non-fiction I’ve been amazed and the things God has spoken to my heart through Christian fiction.

My Review

If you follow my blog you know my favorite genre is mystery/suspense. So I was a little nervous when the author asked me to review her book. I am happy to report this is an excellent read. I loved the characters.  Sophie is so likable. She has a spunk that I could appreciate and yet such a compassionate side with her desire to help people.  Zach is just darn right cute! He’s such a man! His stubborn need to stand on his own two feet along with his boyish charm. Both of the main characters have their struggles that are all too real.

The supporting characters are wonderful as well and add a dimension to the story and of course our villain was a real jerk. The story is somewhat predictable but that was okay. It reminded me of some important truths about trust and the faithfulness of God and His ability to heal. Even though the ending was predictable I found myself crying through the ending.  It was the “feel good” type of cry.

Since I don’t read a lot of romance I’m not sure who I could compare Leann’s writing to, but I will say her book is an easy read that will draw you into the story.

Thank you to Leann for the opportunity to review her book and I hope to check out some of her spy stories!!!

The Giveaway

Leave a comment with your name, location, and since horses are an important part of this story, tell us if you’ve ever ridden a horse.  The winner will be picked using random.org on January 10th at 9:00 PM PST.  Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and this contest is open to those in the U.S. only.

If you are reading this review on Facebook, please go to http://www.favchristianbooks.com/?p=576 to enter the drawing.

26 Replies to “Second Chance Ranch – Interview, Review and Giveaway”

  1. I enjoy books on therapy for people suffering internally for wounds that keep hounding them. It’s a chance to learn more and use what I learn.

    I live in Mpls/St. Paul, MN area.

    Yes, I’ve ridden a horse on several occasions. As a kid, I’d say the first thing I get when I get married is a horse! Obviously living the the city, it never came to fruition.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful read! I happened on your blog from the acfwbookclub.

    I am Shelly from Conroe, TX. and yes, I’ve ridden on more than one occassion. My husband and I own paints and quarters.

  3. Am looking forward to getting deeper into the readers this year
    Best of luck to all
    Have a Blessed 2011.
    P Cornelius

  4. I’m always on the lookout for a good book with an interestin plot and happy ending. This sounds like it fits the bill.

    Yes, I’ve ridden horses, but not a lot. I love the freedom of being on one for a trail ride.

  5. I enjoy stories about mending broken hearts and spirits, Leann’s book sounds wonderful. I rode horses in my youth.
    Merry in TX

  6. I’m glad to be here on Holly’s blog. As I read the post, I realized that she and I have a lot in common. I usually write suspense, love it, but this book came as a romance. I was nervous writing it, but God gave me the words each day. It was an amazing thing. I hope y’all will enjoy the story.

  7. I love the concept behind this story. Having always been a horse lover, I think the equine ties will make a very interesting book.

    I finally realized my dream to own a horse when I was 19 years old. I purchased a quarter horse at an auction and it was love at first sight. I named him Traveler and he wouldn’t let anybody except me ride him. The freedom I experienced as we galloped across the countryside is something I will always miss.

    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  8. This sounds like a great story and love the concept.

    I’m from Southern Arizona in a small area south of Tucson.

    I’ve never ridden a horse and have always wanted to.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.


  9. I’m in Northern Michigan and would love to read this story. Horses are a big part of my life. We have 3 of them on the farm, my horse is Trooper, an 18 year old bald-faced bay gelding with a heart of gold.

  10. As a teen I was thrown from a horse and broke my ankle in three places. The next year I broke the same ankle going over a vaulting horse. I’ve only ridden a few times since.
    Ann Lee Miller

    1. The thing that is amazing about riding horses is their gait most closely mimics human gait, so it teaches the muscles how to walk. It also strengthens the core muscles across the abdomen, helping with walking. I had a friend who had a baby with Downs, and she would get on the horse and have the baby in front of her, helping the muscles of the baby’s body to develop and help him walk. This also help those people who have injuries.

  11. I live in middle TN, and every year we have a Mule Day celebration which brings in thousands of people from across the country. I love riding horses, but I just don’t get too many chances anymore!
    I’d love to read this book, thanks for the opportunity!

  12. This book looks really good and sounds awesome. I’d LOVE to win!

    I live in Jacksonville, FL.


  13. This sounds like a good story.

    I live in So Cal.

    I haven’t ridden a horse in 40 years.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  14. This book is one I would really enjoy. I live in Iowa and have ridden a lot of horses but not for year! Horses are so beautiful!

  15. Hello, I’m Emillie and I live in Indiana. When I was in my early teens I took some horsemanship classes and enjoyed them so much! Some friends of ours have horses which has allowed us to ride horses a few times a year. Love it!

  16. Since this a Love Inspired book I know it will be great. I live in the southern US. I have never ridden a horse.

  17. From Cottonwood, AZ. I’ve ridden horses a couple of times, but am definitely not a good rider as I’m a little scared of the big things.

  18. In a college PE class I took a course on horseback riding, English-style.
    I haven’t been on a horse since, and that was nearly 30 years ago!
    I’m from Ohio, and I thank you for the opportunity to win this book:)
    chakasa58 at gmail dot com

  19. I live in Western NY. My aunt and uncle owned a farm and had several horses. I rmember my favorite was a Tennesee Walker named Waltz. I was about 10 years old when i last rodeher, she seemed gigantic! Mary B atouchofheaven2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    I live in KS. I have ridden horses many times in my life.


    jmschwindt0306 at gmail dot com

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