by Deborah Vogts

July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-310-29275-3
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Mattie Evans' veterinary business is floundering. She’s lost the confidence of the local ranchers when she had a series of misfortunate events. Mattie wants to remain in the Flint Hills of Kansas, even though her family has lost their ranch, but to do so means that she has to survive. And now, she is basing her survival on a long-shot.

Gil McCray’s horse has been hit by drunk drivers. Mattie initially recommended putting the horse down, as there was no way Dusty could survive the operation and recovery needed for such massive injuries. But John, Gil’s father, refused to allow Mattie to put down Gil’s horse.

Gil has fled the ranch and stayed distant, due to unpleasant memories. Now, with the news of his horse, Gil makes a surprise business home. He can’t stay long, as a pro-football player, he has to be on the playing field. But with his father – and his horse – ailing, Gil doesn’t know whether to stay or to go… He certainly doesn’t count on falling in love.

SNOW MELTS IN SPRING is the début novel by Ms. Vogts. With realistic characters, expertly described scenes, and conflict, the pages are sure to keep turning. I couldn’t help but care for Mattie and Gil, and even crusty John won a piece of my heart. But the true hero of the story, for me, had to be Dusty. I wanted that horse to survive, to heal broken relationships and reach out to help other hurting people. How can a horse do that? Read the story to find out.

SNOW MELTS IN SPRING is a wonderful story, and I am definitely looking for to reading more books by this talented new author. Don’t miss SNOW MELTS IN SPRING. A yummy sounding recipe is included at the end of the book.

Reviewed in August 2009 by Laura.

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