Monday, March 28, 2011

Snow Melts In Spring (Seasons of the Tallgrass, Book 1) by Deborah Vogts

Book Description:  Mattie Evans, a young veterinarian in rural Kansas, saves a horse injured in a terrible accident. But she also finds herself tending the wounded relationship between a prodigal son and his ailing father. Love, conflict, forgiveness, and renewal drive the first book of the Seasons of the Tallgrass series. 

My Review:  Deborah Vogts brings a fresh new look at rural ranch life in Snow Melts In Spring. 
The main character, Mattie Evans struggles with insecurity because she is a young veterinarian trying to prove to the locals that she can and will make a go of this career she loves.  Mattie also struggles to prove self worth because her parents lost their ranch in an unscrupulous business deal.  Mattie's feelings of inadequacy are clearly portrayed and makes her seem so real.  
Then one evening Mattie comes upon a horrible accident where a horse has been severely injured.   She wants to leave and not get involved but she finds out that the horse belongs to an older man, John McCray, who is one of Mattie's best friends and supporters.  She decides she will save his horse!
Gil McCray, John's son, is having some issues of his own as a famous quarterback.  Gil is sent home with an injury and meets Mattie.  Not really wanting to enter into the "dark recesses" of his memories....Gil has secrets (but has good reasons for not sharing this info).  
Mattie wants Gil and his father, John, to let go of the past and forge a bridge of peace.
This is a fresh new author for  me.  A delightful, fast, fun read!  I truly enjoyed reading about Mattie, Gil and John.  My love of horses was ignited by Deborah's vast knowledge.  
Faith is not just a sideline but part of the "big picture" for these characters.  A truly wonderful, well written read!
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*

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  About the Author: 

 Deborah Vogts' debut release, Snow Melts in Spring, is the first in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series by Zondervan. Deborah and her husband live in SE Kansas and have three daughters. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and playing the piano. Some of her favorite activities include taking walks with their two golden retrievers, caring for their American Quarter horses and watching old movies. To learn more about Deborah, please visit her Country at Heart blog or her web site at

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