Struggling to shield Pippa from her mother's games, Rosie must face the ghosts of her own painful past while fighting a growing attraction to her handsome, emotionally unavailable employer. But help comes in the form of a quirky, elderly neighbor; a welcoming Outback town, and two horsemen who visit Rosie each night in her dreams. When Rosie and Pippa act impulsively to save a small, white pony from slaughter, their ill-timed compassion puts Adam's custody dispute, Pippa's fantasies, and Rosie's worst fears all up for bid in an epic courtroom showdown.
The Auction is a blend of literary fiction, classic western, and sweet contemporary romance, all styled with the heart-wrenching, Gothic undertones of Jane Eyre and just a hint of the supernatural. It weaves social issues surrounding the fate of horses into Aboriginal Australian mythology, Gitano gypsy myth, child custody and environmental degradation. Think Jane Eyre meets The Horse Whisperer meets Kramer vs. Kramer.
Caveat: there are two 'F-bombs' and situations of non-explicit sexual attraction, as well as courtroom scenes and depictions of animals who have been abused. If you are one of those kind, sensitive souls who find such literary representations to be upsetting, please read through the reviews and see if you will enjoy this book before you click 'buy?'
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