Sometimes people blow into your life from seemingly nowhere….and blow right out again. Knowing them can either enrich or impair. (Either way, it’s a good mechanism for advancing the plot).
In Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows, the tumbleweed is Bernard Hyatt, a best-selling author of potboiler novels, each concerned with a particular sport. Through Horse Country Real Estate, he rents a cabin for a few months to immerse himself in the world of trailriding. And where better than Big South Fork, considered the “trailriding capital of the southeast?
Better for him, that is. Not so good for Ronnie Deschaines when he worms his way into Mindy Morrison-Myer’s life. All of a sudden, Mindy isn’t spending time with Ronnie riding, shopping, sharing news of their respective days, because she’s always with Bernard. At one point, Ronnie tells Mindy, “I feel like I’ve been replaced. You seem to have a new girlfriend!” And then one day, he’s gone….leaving the wreckage of Ronnie and Mindy’s once-close friendship in ruins. Is the damage done?
And in Book 4, Ride a Pale Horse, along comes Pete Becker, hired as her barn manager by Dana Beaumont, a wealthy woman from Connecticut who buys property at Riverwood, the equestrian development created by Ronnie and her partners at Horse Country Real Estate. Trail riding and gaited horses are new to Dana and it’s all too easy for Pete to become her erstwhile mentor…and constant companion. The longer he works for her, the less work he seems to do. No one seems to like him, except the clueless Dana. Then one day, it all comes crashing down; Pete’s gone and Dana is left with…not much.