|About the Book|
Arabella Marguerite Elizabeth Stoddard is as complicated as her title. As much as Ara would like to be simple like her nickname, she knows that’s impossible now. The war between the states has changed everything about her.The trauma she has sufferedMoreArabella Marguerite Elizabeth Stoddard is as complicated as her title. As much as Ara would like to be simple like her nickname, she knows that’s impossible now. The war between the states has changed everything about her.The trauma she has suffered has made her emotionally unstable and it’s ruining her chances for a normal life. The day her horse was stolen was the day her life was turned upside down. Trouble is, she doesn’t remember much about that day. The unknown is what she fears most, and the possibility that an unwelcome memory might randomly pop up makes her anxiety control her. What occurred on that fateful day must have been something terrible. Every time something further is revealed about what happened it costs her too much.Making peace with whatever horror happened in her past without any concrete memory of the details is daunting enough, but unfortunately her present is also terrorized by Claude, an overbearing friend who wants more than friendship. He does not take rejection well and using manipulation as a tactic to get his way isn’t beneath him.When Ara’s long lost childhood sweetheart shows up, she realizes being enamored with him is only fueling the torment in her overwhelmed mind. He only knows the innocent little girl she once was who loved horses and who had so much to give, but now she’s different. She can’t give anything to anyone because she needs help, a lot of help. She wants love as much as she wants to be the girl she used to be, but she can’t go back to that girl and it makes her wonder if she is worthy of love.When handsome and sincere William comes into her life and uses his unorthodox methods to help her with her problems, she realizes too late that he has unwittingly exacerbated her mental state because he’s made her fall in love with him. He sees her true value for what she is, despite all she has gone through, and wants to work with her towards healing her brokenness. A gifted horseman, he sees that Ara possesses a similar talent and encourages her to pursue it and find a purpose for her life.William is the best man she’s ever known yet he’s forbidden and completely out of reach. Now she has two men she loves and a horrifying past that keeps beating her down. She wants to move on and make the right choices, but can she?