The Ride of Her Life

Avon. May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063307513. pap. $17.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
An unexpected inheritance is the catalyst for romance in this contemporary novel. Molly and her mother have been estranged from Molly’s aunt for years, so Molly is surprised to inherit Aunt Christina’s horse barn business. Molly plans to sell the property to pay off her student loans and realize her dream of owning an event-planning business, even if that means dissolving an inclusive community space and evicting Shani, the cute farrier who cared for Aunt Christina at the end of her life. Readers should expect a very slow start. The first chapters are heavy on exposition, and both Molly and Shani spend a long time staring longingly while starting arguments. Complicated relationships with friends, family, and money add dimension to a fairly predictable main plot.
VERDICT Recommended for collections where Dugan’s Love at First Set or Helena Greer’s Season of Love have fans.
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