Leisure, Aug 2003, 6.99, 351 pp.
In 1870, eight-year-old Abigail Hunter feels her life is over as they bury her mother who apparently killed by her father and is incarcerated for murder. Her three older brothers try to help her cope, but the tragedy seem too much for them as it is for her. One by-product of no longer having a mom is Abby was raised as a rancher on the Hill Country, Texas Half-Moon Ranch rather than as a lady.
Ten years later, Abby still struggles with the pivotal tragedies as her father is released from prison. When she meets Major Jonah Tremain when he seeks a horse tamer, she falls in love. However, he wants a real lady as a wife and not a tomboy who happens to be the trainer of the horses he needs. Jonah never reckoned with a Texas tornado like Abby who goes after him with a vengeance.
The key to MOON RACER, book three of the Half-Moon Ranch romances (see HUNTER'S MOON by Bobbi Smith and RENEGADE MOON by Elaine Barbieri) is Constance O'Banyon's skill to further the mystery of ten years ago without giving away the secret. The lead couple is a solid pair as Abby goes out of her way to prove to the obstinate cavalry officer that it is not petticoats it is the heart. The strong story line adds depth to the Hunters while entertaining readers with a fine Texas romance. Anyone who reads this novel and its predecessors (sequential order is the best approach, but each tale can stand-alone) will die waiting for the finale DARK MOON by Evelyn Rogers to learn what really happened a decade ago).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner