The horses finished in an upset as the favorite lost to a relative newcomer. Samantha Thomas grew up on the farm but wanted so much more than slopping pigs.
Her dream was realized when a visitor in town learned of her love of horses. Hiring her to train his horse, she eventually rode it in local races. Before long, she and Thundercloud were making their way into the hearts and minds of other enthusiasts.
Riding the horse to victory, the owner sold the horse to visiting Prince. The new owner, much like many in the stands, had no clue that the real gem was Sam, not the horse.
Diamond Joe, the man, was in the stands with his new son in law when Thundercloud came in from behind, pulling off an upset that would be history for years to come. His daughter was also in the crowd, but she was only there for her husband, Steve, and her father.
After the death of her father, and a year later her husband; Donna sold her home and went to be with her mother. Vera, her mother, passed from the flu, leaving her alone on the plantation. Dealing with a new horse that Steve, her husband, had purchased left her little time to socialize, not that she wanted to.
Teaching Journalism at the local university, Donna buried herself in her work. The plantation was a respite from the real world. When one of her students, an up and coming quarterback, argued with her about her draconian ideas on journalism, she saw in him the same spark that she had seen in her husband.
Dane showed an interest in her, which aroused the woman inside her. Learning of his desire to date her niece, she put that fantasy on hold. Hiring him to do some handyman work, Dane learns of her real love, the horse ‘Diamond Joe’ named after her father.
Not telling Donna the entire story of Sam, he alludes to her that Sam could train her horse. Inviting Samantha to her place, Donna soon learns that love comes in all sizes and shapes.
Was Samantha interested in her money, or something else?
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While we are all on ‘time out,’ why not read a love story with horses and racing as a subplot?
Much love -TW