Chancy Mallory is loyal to three things in her life: her horse Bowie, her parents and the Mallory Ranch.
Chancy is set on capturing a wild mustang colt to prove her worth to her father who believes the Mallory legacy died when he buried his three sons. When Nick Stone appears at the ranch, Chancy can’t fight the waves of change. She fears her father’s attentions are slipping out of her reach. And while before she thought only of horses and the ranch, her thoughts are now drifting to boys and kisses. Sweet kisses with Nick that is. Except he’s her rival, or is he?
Nick Stone wandered west to avoid the lackluster future his father devised for him inside a stuffy bank in Boston, not to fall in love. He craves the wide open spaces Oregon has to offer. Heʹs learned in his travels that he has a special gift with horses. Especially those that have been tossed aside by others: the rogues, and the unwanted. With this gift, he makes a name for himself at the Mallory Ranch and causes friction with the ranch owner’s daughter. Can he prove to Chancy he is a friend and not a foe? Can his gentle ways tame the ranch owner’s daughter’s wild heart?
To Tame a Wild Heart has a little of everything, historical, coming of age, first loves, and horses. I liked the main character Chancy from page one. She’s interesting, sort of a fish out of water for her time, and knows what she wants. It’s that drive of hers that keeps you turning the pages. And just when you think she might get everything she desires, Nick, the ranch hand shows up and seems to throw Chancy’s chances out the window.
You feel with her and along with her and then there’s the excitement has the little girl turns into a young lady and notices him for something besides being her rival.
I also liked Nick too. You felt like he had something to prove too, and he tried his best not to be an enemy to Chancy. Which sometimes made it hard to know who to cheer for.
This was a quick read and a fun one which I think would make perfect summer reading for any girl who likes horses and spunky characters.