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The Horse Thief

Two people, one dream … with the past riding hard on their heels.​

When India Kilhampton is caught up in the excitement of the first Melbourne Cup her mind is made up. She will breed a horse to win the coveted trophy and reunite her fractured family. Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder.

Jim Mawgan arrives at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley to take up the position. Jim however has a mission: he must fulfill his father’s dying wish to right past wrongs and prove his ownership of his prized stallion Jefferson.

Jim and India discover they share a common goal but as the secrets of the past unravel old enmities surface.

Will India save Jim before he is branded a horse thief and sentenced to death?


“…an exquisitely written historical fiction novel …Mystery, intrigue and tangled emotions mix with determination and loyalty..” – Brenda Telford – The Reviewers

“An intriguing read…. Cooper writes such stunning characters …a potent read. Strong characters, a stunning backdrop and fabulous story combined for a great read.” – Talking Books Blog

“Tea Cooper’s descriptions … are so vivid, I find I am no longer a reader holding a book … her visceral description of the magnificent thoroughbred, Jefferson, made him linger in my mind long after I closed the book.” – Wordfrenzy November, 2015

“A wonderfully vivid, believable and fascinating tale … if you keep writing them, I will keep reading them.” – My Written Romance

“Brimming with intense family drama.” – iBooks Review 2016

“Recommended for those who enjoy a well written historical romance with a good mystery to be solved.” – Carolyn Goodreads

2015 Australian Romance Readers Finalist Historical Romance

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