From Publishers Weekly
When eight-year-old Sydney leaves Denver to spend the summer in Mexico with her estranged father, Geoff, at the start of this third novel in Wingate's Texas Hill Country series, her mother, divorced paleontologist Lindsey Attwood, doesn't quite know what to do with herself. At the behest of her twin sister, Laura, and girlfriend Collie Collins (the protagonist of the series' first novel, Texas Cooking
), Lindsey finds herself in San Saline, Tex., helping solve a mystery of missing dinosaur tracks on a local ranch while posing as a member of a horse psychology class. Lindsey falls for veterinarian-turned-cowboy Zach Truitt, and as their romance blooms, she wrestles with the problems that consume her: faith, fear and doubts about her ability to love again. Of course, in the end, the horse psychology class actually teaches Lindsey a thing or two—she conquers her fear of horses, makes peace with her ex-husband, solves the dinosaur case and learns to both accept and revel in her new relationship. Wingate attempts to mesh mystery with romance, but with slapdash writing and flat characters, her latest novel comes up short of her previous books' sincerity and warmth.
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Lindsey Attwood, a paleontologist, has tried to maintain a structured and safe life in Denver for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Sydney. Now Sydney's father has suddenly decided to become involved, inviting Sydney to stay with him and his young wife in Mexico while he is on an archeological dig. Lindsey then joins her sister in Texas on an undercover mission involving dinosaur tracks. She enrolls in horse-psychology classes as a cover, and everything starts changing. A big white dog pretty much adopts her, and she and rancher Zach Truitt, who is just as shy as Lindsey, enter tentatively into a relationship. Once again, Wingate delivers the sort of tender tale filled with love, hope, and spirituality that keeps her many readers coming back for more. Patty EngelmannCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved