In Book 1, Fool Me Once, Stephanie Deschaines, only daughter of Virginia-based venture capitalist, Luc Deschaines, loves to fly to Texas with her dad in the twin-engine Beech Baron he leases when The Westlake Group invests heavily in the Round Top Ranch, and she loves to ride the Quarter Horse he gives her for her tenth birthday.
Readers follow Stephanie into Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows.
Years later, the summer between her graduation from the exclusive Horizon Academy and her matriculation at Daniels College, her father’s alma mater, Stephanie spends her vacation on the ranch with her best friend, Alison. The ranch is managed by Teodor Sauseda, his wife, Magdalena, three daughters, Elena, Francisca and Julieta, his young sons, twins Marco and Mateo, and his right-hand man, adult son, Antonio. The Sausedas are a warm, loving close-knit family and Luc has no worries about leaving Steph and Alison in their care for a few months. For two teenage girls, where better to spend a few months riding, swimming in the creek and improving their language skills than on the RTR?
Stephanie may be held close in the bosom of Antonio’s family but it’s in his loving arms that she spends those sultry summer nights. What happens when the days grow shorter and it’s time for the girls to leave for college? Readers will find out in Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse, when she becomes a main character.