THE JACK HARPER TRILOGY
RIDING OUT THE DEVIL – Book 1
Published through CKN Christian Publishing
Jack is only interested in helping horses. Period. Human owners irritate him.
He’s working with an anxious gelding when a mystery woman calls his cell phone. As she does once each year, she makes the same short statement before hanging up.
Already rattled, that evening he receives bad news which sends him back to his native England for the first time in 17 years.
The evil secrets he’s had under tight control for nearly two decades quickly begin to unravel, and on returning to his Maryland farm he is forced to share an embarrassing truth with total strangers.
A wounded Jack opens his reluctant heart to a boy in dire need of what only the trainer can offer, and discovers a talent for healing more than horses.
Reviews for Riding Out the Devil
‘I had no idea where this story line was going to take me; therefore I was so very pleasantly surprised, it introduced me to a man of Faith. Jack is a Man who loves & nurtures horses. He is a transplant from England and now lives in the U.S.
‘I’d like to know more about Jack & his life. You will too. Enjoy your read.’ – Like2Read
‘I couldn’t put the book down. The story line was enjoyable and believable.’ – Kindle Customer
‘A spirited read!’ – Skippy
‘A solid 5-stars and that from a Baptist for a book by a Catholic. This, for me, was an especially enjoyable read. The characters, the action, the circumstances, both past and present, all came together in an unusual story of resisting – yielding – and finally embracing a short string of opportunities to make life-changing use of a God given gift. This is a delightful tale of horses and people being helped and healed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Thoughts and words flow pleasantly throughout this first book of The Jack Harper Trilogy causing me to look forward to reading the next installments of the series.’ – Riyahguy
RIDING OUT THE TEMPEST
Jack Harper, the horse trainer, has fulfilled the terms of his penance by apologizing to his ex-girlfriend in England for deserting her when she was pregnant – and insisting she abort their baby.
But he suspects he may be atoning for something he didn’t do when she flies over to the U.S. in the hopes of rekindling their romance.
Then Joe, the teenager he helped overcome ulcerative colitis, comes back to see him, spinning Jack’s world into an emotional turbulence that he is powerless to control.
All Jack ever wants is to train horses – but once again, God has other plans for him.
Reviews for Riding Out the Tempest
‘I really enjoy the story of Jack and how he’s using horses to share his knowledge on both his illness and helping teenagers overcome health issues and insecurity issues.
‘I’m looking forward to the next one… Because Jack has to get the girl…’ – Kindle Customer
‘A very easy read with both human and animal characters, both likable and lifelike. The story leads easily from the first book, Riding out the Devil, and leads up well towards the third in the trilogy (not named yet). The author taps into her knowledge of both horses and Ulcerative Colitis as one can tell by her writing.’ – Wendy Emblin
RIDING OUT THE ROUGH
Joseph Harper said in a strong, calm voice, “Remember, son, the night is always darkest before the dawn.”
Jack’s new-found faith in God and these words from his father and are all he has to cling to after the startling revelations about Joe, the teenager to whom he has become both a mentor and father figure.
Leaked information and an unwelcome visit from his ex-girlfriend now threaten to destroy any hopes the horse trainer has of winning over Laura, Joe’s widowed mother.
Jack is forced to choose between coming clean to Laura about his past or trying to enter into a relationship with her based on a lie. She will despise him if he tells the truth, but telling a falsehood runs contrary to his religious principles.
Both roads will be rough, but which one will Jack take? And where will it lead?
Reviews for Riding Out the Rough
‘I loved the Jack Harper trilogy and will miss escaping into its pages. It was a great story with characters that I could relate to easily. This is the fourth book I’ve read by this author and look forward to her next one.’ – John G.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever read a book so fast. The story was just a fun read and the characters were so believable. I don’t know about anyone else, but I still don’t like Penny but I have to say her part was well written.
‘I also enjoyed the ending. It was happy without it being over gushing. I’ll actually miss reading the Jack series but it was ended perfectly.’- Kindle Customer
‘The third in the series focuses less on horses and more on the relationships of Jack to the people he loves and to understanding his relationship to God. While I am not Catholic, the religious overtones in the novel encouraged me to think about my own feelings about a Higher Being and that impact in my life. These characters are flawed and human but innately good and you WANT them to be successful. A lovely Christmas Day read! Despite the author’s assurance that this is the last in the series, she has left enough things open to allow for another…..What do you think, Hilary??’ – Aviva Nebesky
RIDING OUT THE TURBULENCE – A Companion Short Story to The Jack Harper Trilogy
In this short story, Timothy Shepherd is annoyed at having to visit his parents over Thanksgiving. It means exchanging his fast-paced life as a successful financial adviser in New York for a sleepy rural farm and his annoyingly religious mother and father.
But instead of a boring country break, his trip becomes an occasion of grief and intense introspection.
And just when he thinks he can return to normal life in the Big Apple, he witnesses two events which challenge his views on life.
Will Timothy answer God’s call to be the best person he can be? Or will he revert to his materialistic lifestyle?
BRITTLE DIAMONDS – Permanently Free Book
Note: for some reason, Amazon have taken away this book’s free status. I am trying to restore it! It is currently available on Kindle for $1.99. Sorry about that!
Father Peter is the beloved parish priest of Brotherton village.
But when allegations of misconduct mysteriously surface against him, his parishioners are thrown into turmoil. What should they believe?
Father Peter’s own faith starts to crumble when a close priest friend commits suicide. Then bizarre circumstances throw him together with Matt Goldworth, a non-believer.
Matt finds himself helping a clergyman of the very Church he despises, and discovering a solution to the mystery no one could have foreseen.
Reviews for Brittle Diamonds
‘This is a well-written story. The characters were well-defined and believable. The details about the church and the priesthood were also well-written.’ – Kdkcrna
‘Great read! I was “hooked” by page 3. Very interesting and complex character portrayals. Suspenseful until the very end. I could not have predicted the outcome. I was torn between wanting to finish the book so I could find out the ending, yet I didn’t want the literary experience to be over. Days after completing the novel, I was still thinking about the characters and actually hoping for a sequel.’ –