AnnaLise and Dietrich Von Freund manage Hunter’s Crossing, an equestrian center in Hunterdon County, NJ. AnnaLise mentors her students, providing training and knowledge in all things equine and in matters of the heart. Dietrich, her husband of seventeen years, gives quiet support when estrogen and failed relationships cross paths with recalcitrant horses and the demands of competition.
In Hannah’s Choice, Hannah Reich fulfills a dream; and on her first dressage horse on the first day of the rest of her life, the new German ex-Olympic trainer— tall, blond and very stern Hans Wilhelm—sets her mane and tail on fire. Hans may be parsimonious with his praise; but he is quick to show his favorite student that a proper seat requires legs here, torso there - the touches swimming with sensuality. Hannah is ready to entrust Hans with more than just her seat but Hans’ has a complication that arrives unannounced and that complication threatens to destroy all they’ve worked to build.
In The Sweet Scent of Alfalfa, Jessica Berns has been eyeing Andy, the farmer who delivers hay, for over three years. Andy can barely string two sentences together around her, let alone get past his blushing. She invites him to her bungalow for dinner, determined to break the ice. Andy had worried that their age difference might be a problem; Jessica proves to him that he has what it takes to keep up with a hot shot rider. She discovers Andy is a fellow equestrian, doing endurance racing with his string of Arabians. To her surprise, Andy has a son her age, just out of the military. Jack and Jessica hit it off so well that Andy backs off, willing to sacrifice his feelings. But how much is too much when a heart’s desire stands in the way of another’s happiness?
Reader Alert!: Two strong-willed young women find success and joy with their equine partners. But when it comes to mounts of a different sort, one woman must learn to give in and trust while the other finds out how far she can go when she takes control. Hannah and Hans take training to a whole new level while Jess and Andy simmer at a slow burn until Jess decides to take matters in her own very capable hands.
To My Readers: In Hannah’s Choice, I too had that first horse, on the first day of the rest of my life … and the one person who seemed capable of catapulting me to a new level in my riding skills. Any athlete with that special trainer understands the intense bond that forms, the understanding, the support and the emotions that go with effort and striving toward goals. How natural then to add the element of romantic suspense and the complications that arise when the heart and body are at odds. How far are you willing to go when it becomes a matter of trust?
In The Sweet Scent of Alfalfa, a mutual attraction seems destined for the scrap heap until one finally takes the leap that brings them together. But sometimes courage is not enough and sacrifices must be made when family and duty interfere. But how much is too much when a heart’s desire is the one thing that stands in the way of another’s happiness?