by Brenda Hiatt

September 2004
ISBN: 0-06-072378-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Tessa has a way with horses. It doesn't matter how mean or nasty they are, she can normally get them to calm down. Some might say she has the "magical touch". She sees it as a gift, as her mother and grandfather had the gift as well as her great-grandmother. Unfortunately, her uncle sees it as a way to make money. She has been informed they are barely making it and she does what she can to help out. She is also hiding the worst of their situation from her father, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a riding accident. She was informed his heart could not handle the added pressure, so the deception begins.

Lord Anthony likes horses, and he enjoys foxhunting. But he also has a kind heart. So he buys a horse from someone who is having problems with the horseís temperament. He happens to run into someone who knows the horse and is able to calm him down a bit. Now Lord Anthony wants to meet her. Of course, it took him a moment or two to recognize the person was a she and not a lad as he first thought.

The first meeting sets a course of the relationship between Tessa and Anthony. Tessa has been keeping secrets from everyone and they start to unravel around her. Anthony wants things his way or how he thinks they should be. The secret involving Tessa and Anthony comes to light and not in the way either one of them wants it to. We canít forget the trip to London and all the things that involves as well. Letís just say the first meeting between Tessa and Anthonyís father is something unexpected.

Ms. Hiatt gives us a story of hope and finding the one you love when you least expect it or even want it. Tessa has some issues that she has to overcome and with Anthonyís help and her gift is seems to be just the thing she needs to move on and forward. Her confidence isnít that great except where horses are concerned. Anthony realizes that things canít be how he wants them to be. Taming Tessa is a delightful story. The main characters banter back and forth with each other as if they have known each other for ages and not all of it is innocent, even though Tessa is. If you are looking for a heroine that can ride and foxhunt with the best of the men and maybe better with a few bumps along the way, including an ailing father, and relatives that are out for their own selves then pick up Taming Tessa.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Pam.

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