Ride Off into the Sunset with the Fortunes!
I was so pleased to be asked to participate in The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortunes Children twentieth anniversary continuity for Special Edition. Although the original series was mainly set in Minnesota, the spin-offs have all taken place in Texas—horse country! Chase Parker, my hero in book three—Fortune’s Secret Husband—has a passion for rescuing horses. He intends to make a horse rescue ranch his life’s work.
Chase is a hero with a big heart who was so easy for me to connect with and write about. When he was a child, he went to the barn when he had a problem or felt alone. He learned that horses responded to touch, to a gentle voice and, most of all, to kindness.
Ever since I was a child, I was drawn to horses almost as much as the kittens that scampered around the barn at my uncle’s farm. I was afraid of horses back then, probably because they were so much bigger than me. But there was something about them that coaxed me to the corral every chance I got. I would sit there for long stints just watching their beauty, feeding them carrots and cubes of sugar, wishing that riding one didn’t seem like such a huge undertaking.
This love affair with horses from afar lasted through my teen years. But so did my fear of riding one. My dad would hook up one of the horses, a huge (17 hands high) gelding named Jo-Jo, to a buggy that my uncle had purchased from an Amish farmer. I would talk to Jo-Jo and drive the buggy, but I still didn’t ride. One summer I watched the birth of a colt and my uncle named him Muley because he was so contrary. I would feed him and groom him as he grew, but I still didn’t ride.
In my mid-twenties, I had an epiphany of sorts. Our son was five, and I think I realized that I had to face my fears to teach him to do the same. So I took riding lessons. I learned to post on a retired Thoroughbred named Bridget. Feeling one with a horse, experiencing the wind on my cheeks was one of my most freeing life experiences ever. When researching wild mustangs for a series I was writing for Special Edition, I actually got to see them in their natural habitat in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. One word describes that experience: awesome.
My experiences and passion for horses easily became my hero’s in Fortune’s Secret Husband. Chase cares for these intuitive animals and will gladly make helping and caring for those who have been injured or abandoned his life’s work. My heroine, Lucie Fortune Chesterfield, who has ridden most of her life and loves horses, too, will be right by his side, supporting his dream. I hope you enjoy Chase and Lucie’s romance, as well as all the other novels in the Fortunes of Texas twentieth anniversary continuity!
Fortune’s Secret Husband BY USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith
Proper Brit Lucie Fortune Chesterfield had a whirlwind teenage marriage to Chase Parker, but that was long over—or so she thought. Until her secret husband shows up at her door…with a big surprise!
Click HERE for a sneak peek at the first chapter of Fortune’s Secret Husband.
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