On the way to becoming more than friends, Zahra and Rose's relationship faces its first obstacle--Zahra's ex, Sorcha, has resurfaced and is in need of a soft landing. When she shows up earlier than expected and starts giving off mixed signals, Zahra's forced to confront her own feelings for Sorcha. When it appears that her career as a marine biologist is leaving her landlocked, Zahra has to make a choice. Help her ex find her wings, or keep tying her down by comparing her to the past.
Zahra's used to having the farm to herself, so when Rose is rehabilitating at Cardinal Oaks while her condo is up for sale, Zahra realizes she has to confront her feelings for her friend and either see what can happen or let it go. The not knowing is frustrating her, and more importantly, it's impacting her riding.
With her next competition coming up and garnering attention among the other barns, Zahra worries she's juggling too much. This was the dream she's always had, and right now there's nothing better than a penalty-free cross country run. Eventing is everything she's ever wanted, pushing herself and her horses to their limits. A chance offer could change everything...including her relationship with Rose.
Each book in the Cardinal Oaks series continues the story, though you can start anywhere. You will get a fuller picture of Zahra's story if you start from the beginning.
For someone used to not staying very long in one place, having a farm of her own is a new adventure for Zahra. She's used to adventures, and as an African American equestrian, she's also used to going it alone. After all, there weren't many riders who looked like her at the barn where she'd learned to ride. Now, Zahra has left Noble Dreams, changed from show jumping to eventing, and with her friend and business partner, Rose, started Cardinal Oaks where she takes retired racehorses and retrains them for a new career.
With two new horses and about to compete in her first event, Zahra's facing her share of challenges. Her business partner has job trouble, and that could turn their goals for the farm upside down. Zahra wants to help her friend, but she keeps getting pushed away. She wants to stop trying to help, but if she does, what will happen to Cardinal Oaks? And what does it mean if her feelings for Rose are changing?
As the riders at Noble Dreams continue to balance their riding goals with life, things are changing. Ari faces a traumatic event and Cora worries she's not good enough to support her partner. Can they come closer together as Ari moves toward healing?
Eva's time at the barn is no longer her own when her husband begins lessons. His competitive nature has her wondering where her "me" time went and stresses their marriage.
Linda's finally accepted her infertility, but when her situation changes she's forced to deal with an entirely new reality.
And still pursued by Leandro, Sara's forced to make a decision. Along the way, she chases the dream she's always wanted.
This boxed set contains the books six through ten in this series and take place over the course of a year. Whether they're sailing over obstacles or picking each other up, these women are there for each other and know that the best wins are the ones you celebrate with good friends to cheer you on.
Lindy needs help at the Fox Hunt Inn. Since she won the cooking competition, her business is growing, and that's great! Problem is, it's leaving her less time to ride and that's not what she wanted. When the person she hires sets off a cascade of disasters, Lindy's left to wonder can she really find someone to help her out? Or is her business creamed?
This book takes place following Poached Piaffe, Book 1, but it can also stand alone.
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