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The Place I Belong (A Whisper Horse Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Herkness
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Book Description

Nancy Herkness invites readers back to Sanctuary, West Virginia, in Book Three of the award-winning Whisper Horse series.

Fleeing professional scandal and a broken engagement, veterinarian Hannah Linden abandons Chicago for the mountain town of Sanctuary, West Virginia, hoping to put her troubles with men and the media behind her. But when she encounters world-famous chef Adam Bosch, she finds herself increasingly drawn to the charming but darkly complex man and his troubled teenage son, Matt. Adam, a recovering alcoholic, fears he can never be a worthy father to the surly, distant boy he has just come to know, and enlists Hannah’s help in his struggle to connect with his son.

Hoping to coax Matt out of his shell, Hannah introduces the boy to an ailing brown pony who has the power to change his view of the world. But can the determined little whisper horse prove to Hannah, Adam, and Matt that they were meant to be a family?

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About the Author

Born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, where she rode her pony like other children ride their bicycles, Nancy Herkness discovered her passion for writing romance the day her grandmother gave her a Georgette Heyer novel. After graduating from Princeton University with honors in English literature and creative writing, she had successful careers in retail, computer programming, and marketing before finally returning to her first love: writing. The author of the popular Whisper Horse series as well as several other well-received contemporary romances, Herkness was named one of 2003’s Best Up and Coming Authors in the Affaire de Coeur’s readers’ poll. She is also the winner of several writing awards, including the Golden Leaf Award, the Aspen Gold Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs.

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  • File Size: 5092 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147782300X
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (June 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Whisper Horse series:
Take Me Home
Country Roads
The Place I Belong

About the Story: Hannah Linden, a veterinarian has buried herself in a little small town in West Virginia, far from her professional woes and her ex-fiancé in Boston. She considered herself lucky to find someone who would hire her after she told them what happened in her previous job. Something else Hannah hadn’t expected, is her growing love for the town, its people and her patients.

She becomes emotionally touched with Matt, a young teenager who spent a day with her at the clinic learning how important animals are in people’s lives. Hannah finds Matt’s father complex and charming – someone she needs to stay away from to keep her heart intact.

Adam Bosch, Matt’s father and world-renowned chef, when learns of Matt’s existence cannot come to grips with the idea of being a father—he would destroy anyone close to him. Adam has issues he struggles with daily and knows he must keep a distance from people. He’s an alcoholic and has stayed away from the bottle for nine years, but when he drinks he's afraid that he would be abusive as his father was. Adam convinced himself he can’t be a father nor could he get married. What would he do to his wife or child? Adam fills his life with cooking and has a restaurant in Sanctuary that people fly in by helicopter to dine. That’s his life and he doesn’t need more, but when he meets Hannah, things begin to change.

When Hannah helped Adam with his troubled son he was drawn to her physically and emotionally. She was light to his dark. And he couldn’t stay away.

My Thoughts: This story had three things going for it that I really liked.

The setting is in a small town up in the mountains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Summer Read July 22, 2014
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I really like the way Nancy Herkness brings all of her characters from the Whisper Horse series along for the ride in "The Place I Belong." When I love a book I love the characters and I am always reluctant to let them go because I always want to read more about them. "The Place I Belong" satisfies that desire to stay in touch with everyone while Adam, Hannah and Matt workout their problems and their feelings for each other. The Whisper Horse trilogy and Sanctuary, West Virginia are the perfect place to go for a wonderful summer read!

This third novel in the Whisper Horse series is a great romance that has everyone feeling right at home in Sanctuary, West Virginia from the beginning. All the characters from the first two Whisper Horse novels make an appearance at some point as we meet and get to know veterinarian Hannah Linden, chef Adam Bosch and his teenage son Matt.

With his handsome, dark looks and mysterious reserve Adam could very well be the man of Hannah's dreams but she is haunted by the memory of her ex-fiance. Hannah does not want to fall in love again. She has come to town to find sanctuary and to hide from a career scandal which winds up following her.

Adam knows all about career scandal and mistakes. He is determined to focus on his restaurant, The Aerie, his son Matt, who has recently come to live with him and his own problems. Women are the last thing on his mind when he finds himself in Dr. Linden's office with his wounded dog.

Hannah weaves her spell on Adam and Matt as they try to bond as a father and son by showing them her caring, warm, loving nature while working with her animal patients. Adam captures Hannah's attention with his brooding manner and world-famous cuisine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying on Many Levels September 23, 2014
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I just discovered Nancy Herkness and read the Whisper Horse series books back-to-back. They were all great, but this one is my favorite.

So many things are just a little bit different than the usual romance novel. I loved Adam, Hannah, Adam's son Matt, dog Trace, and horse Satchmo. Adam is an expert chef, and I loved the way food and spices were woven into the story. The story conflicts were real and serious and the struggles the characters faced were handled intelligently and with realism. Adam's an alcoholic, and the reader gets to see his struggles with his disease and his fear. The story itself, how it and the characters evolve, are wonderful.

I loved the book's ending. This was just a really satisfying story that worked for me on many levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best one in this series thus far! July 31, 2014
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Nancy Herkness outdid herself with this latest addition to her Whisper Horse series. She handled the serious issue of alcoholism & the death of a parent with compassion. The interaction between Hannah and Matt made me laugh and had a very realistic touch to it. The entire novel seemed true to life. Adam & Hannah's connection could be felt throughout & had me riding the emotions along with the characters. Being able to relate to the characters & their daily struggles/triumphs, in my mind, is the mark of a very talented writer. My favorite in this series so far. Definitely worth reading, again and again. Hope we get much more in this series from this very talented writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing writing and storyline.... August 5, 2014
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Wonderful story and great writing. I want to commend the author on the way she wrote about the elderly lady and her very old dog. It is a hard subject and it was written with feeling and heart. Hannah is a Vet, taking care of large and small animals; Adam is the man she loves but is filled with guilt and reminders of his angry father. It seems to be the end of a series and I've enjoyed all three books. I do have to admit to a few tears here and there but then, doesn't that make for great writing. Thanks for an amazing story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Good characters that I feel I know
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love, love, love these books!
Published 5 days ago by Queen_Gie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed reading another book in this series
Published 21 days ago by viv Jarrold
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this sensitive writing and look forward to more in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Place I Belong
Love stories about animals and people and the way they help each other. This was a great story about how people can finaly face their past and go forward to build a great life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gertrud Spina
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of her Horse Whisper Books
Ms. Herkness insists on giving "WAY Too much information" in the sex scenes.
Having said that the story line is the best in the Horse Whisper series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by webermj
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I have enjoyed all the books by Nancy Harkness
Published 1 month ago by jeanette peppard
4.0 out of 5 stars another good book, could do without the explicit sex
another good book, could do without the explicit sex. wouldn't give it to granddaughter 18 to read, The story idea could have gone to other
great places. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diane S Petrie
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed. I look forward to the next book by ...
I just finished this book and I've read Nancy Herkness's other Whisper Horse novels. You won't be disappointed. I look forward to the next book by this author!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PLACE I BELONG
Another enjoyable book by Nancy. Sorry that she will not continue with the series. Animals are such wonderful companions.
Published 2 months ago by Roge
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More About the Author

Nancy Herkness is a 2014 RITA award nominee and the author of several award-winning contemporary romance novels. Her current release THE PLACE I BELONG is the third in the Whisper Horse series published by Montlake Romance.

She's a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers and Novelists, Inc., and has won numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Leaf, the Golden Quill, and the National Award of Excellence in Romance Fiction.

Nancy graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing. A native of West Virginia, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs.

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