William A. Luckey, Five Star, $25.95, Hardcover.
William A. Luckey, Five Star, $25.95, Hardcover.

Burn English unbelievably abandons his successful New Mexico horse ranch and drifts north. Contemplating suicide, he wants to get away from a married neighbor woman who broke his heart 20 years ago. Burn and his favorite mare blunder into various situations until he meets widowed Maggie, a homesteader with a cabin filled with defiant, opinionated teenagers who seem too modern for this setting. After a trite, soap opera run-in with Maggie’s female neighbor, Burn and Maggie get hitched. Horse enthusiasts might like the continual emphasis on bog spavins, horse apples and surprise foals, but this story lacks a strong plot.

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