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?
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…an exquisitely written historical fiction novel which is set in the beautiful countryside of the Hunter Valley in NSW. Wonderfully descriptive…Mystery, intrigue and tangled emotions mix with determination and loyalty. I thoroughly enjoyed The Horse Thief and have no hesitation in recommending it highly.” Brenda Telford – The Reviewers An intriguing read that had a hornet’s nest of activity… the descriptives of Jefferson were awesome and his part in the story was a highlight… lots of emotional elements throughout the read that this reader relished. Author Téa Cooper writes such stunning characters in many of her novels and The Horse Thief held its own for 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, but I’m walking the property, picturing the buildings, smelling the leather and seeing the glossy coats of the horses. Her visceral description of the magnificent thoroughbred, Jefferson, made him linger in my mind long after I closed the book. The author’s secondary characters were powerful and complex, adding humour, mystery and authenticity to the story and balance to the protagonists. And Jim Mawgan was the consummate hero – strong, defiant, loyal but also flawed enough to be believable and, of course, extremely desirable. Loved this book!” Wordfrenzy “Téa Cooper has crafted a wonderfully vivid, believable and fascinating tale in The Horse Thief. Téa, you know if you keep writing them, I will keep reading them.” My Written Romance
"Brimming with intense family drama." iBooks Review