The Lines of Happiness by Venetia Di Pierro is a lovely romance with a different feel to the story. It is more a psychological tale than action based, even though the book takes place on a ranch in Wyoming. There’s also a fair amount of angst running through the story.
Gloria Grant is running away from a broken relationship when she accepts a job to work with traumatized horses at a ranch owned by Lo Ballantyne. She is actually hired by Lo’s husband without her knowledge, and Lo is not pleased when Gloria shows up at the ranch. The accident that has caused the horses’ trauma has caused even more grief for Lo, and she wants nothing to do with the horses or the woman hired to help them. Gloria ends up staying, though, and a bond gradually forms between the two.
I got caught up in this story quickly, and just had to keep reading until the end. I really wanted to know how Gloria and Lo could work through the grief as well as other complications. Could they become friends? Could that friendship develop into something more even with all the pitfalls? I had to know the answers to these questions.
The characters make this tale something special. Both the main and secondary characters are well-developed. I became quite invested in Lo and Gloria especially. They made the novel a must read for me.
If you are into deeply serious, thought-provoking love stories, then pick up this book. You won’t be disappointed.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.