The story revolves around a young woman who flees an abusive relationship and finds hope in the wilds of the Arizona desert. The once aspiring artist meets Noah Tanner, a cattle rancher and beekeeper, Oscar Billingsley, a retired psychiatrist and avid birder, and a blacksmith named Walt. Thanks to her new friends and a small band of wild horses, Becca adjusts to life in the desert and rekindles her love of art.
Then, Becca’s husband tracks her down, forcing her to summon all her strength. But can she finally stop running away?
The book starts with a beautiful quote, insights about the gracefulness and beauty of Salt River Horses, focuses on domestic violence, and the impact of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Fast-paced, adventurous, and thoughtful story of the survival of Becca’s wounded soul. Her struggles, experiences, passions, fears, healing, and the truth of her chilly silence are wonderfully portrayed.
The past connection to the story gives a better grasp of the plot and the end of each chapter fascinates you.
Interpretation of the paintings, the Acts, spectacular beauty of nature, and the diverse habitats of birds grabs the reader’s attention.
The differences of living in New Jersey and Arizona, the strange companionship between animals, describing Becca’s life to the spider cloak the bug in a shroud, the parallel stories of horses and Becca though both are wild and injured are conveyed so beautifully.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.
Loved these quotes in the book:
The Wound would finally disappear from her skin, but not from her soul.
It’s best to face your fears. Ignoring problems doesn’t solve anything. That’s really the only way to heal.
There’s nothing that can’t be fixed.
No one can force you to do anything you don’t want to do.