Genre: romantic suspense
Sex scenes: mild
Romance RBC 2014: A book by Nora Roberts
Newly divorced Kelsey Byden has lived a spoiled, pampered life, allowed to indulge her passion for learning and never having to settle with one job for long. All her life, she’s been told that her mother died when she was a baby, and she’s had the loving care of her father, an English Professor at Georgetown University and her stepmother, Candace. Then, Kelsey gets the shock of her life: her mother is alive and well, the owner of Three Willows, a thoroughbred farm in Virginia. The reason for the deception? Naomi was sentenced to prison for murdering her alleged lover.
Naomi might have served her sentence and re-built her reputation on the racing circuit for a long time, but this is the first time she’s made contact with Kelsey since she was a baby. Kelsey is both parts furious at the lie yet insanely curious about this woman who killed in a crime of passion. Wanting to get to know her mother, Kelsey moves to Three Willows against the wishes of her family. It is here that she meets Gabe Slater, owner of the neighbouring farm and the first man she’s desired since her separation from her husband two years ago.
At Three Willows, Kelsey finally finds her calling. The horses are just as much a valued part of her life as the people around her, and nothing gives her more joy or satisfaction as helping in the preparations for Three Willows to win the Crown Jewel in the racing world: the Derby. But there are people who are unhappy about this reunion between mother and daughter, the budding relationship between Kelsey and Gabe, as well as the prospect of Three Willows winning the Derby. As history begins to repeat itself in more ways than one, not even the horses can escape the danger that is looming …