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Monday, October 10, 2022

Book Review - The Secrets of Emberwild Stephenia H. McGee


 Book Description: 

A gifted trainer in a time women are not allowed to race, 

 prefers horses to men. They're easier to handle, they're more reliable, and they never tell her what to do. After her father's passing, Nora is determined to save her struggling horse farm, starting with entering her prize colt into the harness races at the 1905 Mississippi Fair. If she wins, she may have a chance at independence. But when a stranger arrives and starts asking disconcerting questions, she suspects he may have other motives than unseating her in the training job that is rightfully hers.

Silas Cavallero will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of his father's death--even if it means training an unwieldy colt for Nora, who wants nothing more than to see him gone. But when mysterious accidents threaten their safety and circumstances shrouded in secrets begin unlocking clues to his past, Silas will have to decide if the truth is worth risking ruining everything for the feisty woman he's come to admire.

Author Bio:

Stephenia H. McGee is a multi-published author of stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. She lives in Mississippi, where she is a mom of two rambunctious boys, writer, dreamer, and husband spoiler. Her novel The Cedar Key was a 2021 Faith, Hope, and Love Readers’ Choice award winner. A member of the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), she loves all things books and history. Stephenia also loves connecting with readers and can often be found having fun with her Faithful Readers Team on Facebook. For more on books and upcoming events and to connect with Stephenia, visit her at

Buy links: 
Baker Book House (40% off paperbacks and free shipping)


The Secrets of Emberwild is written by Stephenia H. McGee. Be transported back to Emberwild Horse Farm in Mississippi. It's 1905 and we meet Nora Fenton. This was a time that women were not allowed to ride. Nora, does not seem to care if the word is no. She sneaks off to the barn to work with some of the horses. 

Silas has come to town to solve the 15 year old murder of his father. He cannot wrap his head around how his expert trainer father was trampled to dead He gets a lead about  Emberwild and he goes there in hopes of a temporary job. He is hired on a trial basis to train the horse that Nora has been working with. 

I loved the mystery and all the historical detail in this story. The author did careful research to make her story as real as possible. I felt like I learned a lot about horse training. 

Now, the author has done such a great job with her descriptions. I really felt like I was standing there watching everything unfold. She put so much detail into the scenes. The characters are well developed and well written. The storyline is intriguing and unique. This author always does such a wonderful job bringing history to life. 

Thank you to the author and publisher for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

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