Title: One Step Forward
Author: Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Sam Becker, Joshua Taylor
POV: Alternating 1st person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He’s never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.
Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.
Once in a while I come across a story that really touches my heart. The minute I began reading One Step Forward by Tia Fielding I was immediately swept up into the lives of these amazing characters and the story they had to tell.
One of the reasons why I loved this book so much is that Sam and Josh’s romance is truly the heart of the story. When we first meet them, they are both broken in many ways, but with time, patience and a whole lot of support and love, I rejoiced at watching these two men truly grow and evolve as the story continued to progress.
I also loved that the secondary characters are also a driving force behind Sam and Josh’s story. Each and every character truly brought something special to the story and I found myself caring about each and every one of them.
Even though this is a good sized novel, this was a very fast read for me. I found myself not being able to put it down and ended up reading it in one setting, so a word of warning…do not start this book unless you have plenty of time to read. Why? Because once you do, you won’t be able to put it down.
One Step Forward is a well-written, beautifully told story that will live with you long after you finish reading the story. I loved it and can’t recommend it high enough.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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