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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044661890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446618908
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Horse Whisperer and National Velvet meet Jackie Collins behind the barn in this libidinous fly-on-the-stall peek at horse racing and California real estate chicanery, just in time for beach read season. Irresistible Bobby Cameron, 23, and already one of the most skilled horse breakers and trainers in the world, inherits Highwood, his father's 3,000-acre California ranch, but not the money to keep it out of foreclosure. He takes a job training two horses on a highly regarded racing stud farm in Newmarket, England, where he falls for the farm owner's 17-year-old daughter, Milly Lockwood Groves. Milly is a frustrated rider forced by her family to give up her career after a neck injury, and she's living in the shadow of her neighbor and rival, Rachel Delaney, a sexy and successful pro rider. Milly's dad has a minor stroke and finally agrees to let her return to riding and to train with Bobby at Highwood. While Milly grows closer to her dream of professional riding—and outshining Rachel—naïve Bobby takes on a sleazy partner with big bucks and an ulterior motive. This follow-up to Bagshawe's surprise bestseller, Adored, should satisfy this year's crop of vacationers. (June)
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Brilliant, pure escapism THE SUN --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Tilly Bagshawe upset the nuns at her catholic girls' boarding school by getting pregnant unexpectedly at seventeen. Expelled but undaunted, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter alone and went on to Cambridge University as a single mom, taking her baby with her. Tilly had a successful career in finance before fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer. Now married with two more children, she lives in Los Angeles and London. In addition to her bestselling novels, Tilly has contributed to numerous British newspapers and magazines including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, The Sunday Times, The Times and The Daily Mail.

Customer Reviews

Good book to read, it was hard to put down.
Jo Guinsatao
Would have given it one star for the ending alone, but gave it two stars for what it could have been.
If you love horses and racing with romance and adventure mixed in, this is your book.
Jo Ann Simon

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on June 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Bobby Cameron trains horses. He has the magic touch, and owners all over the world pay for his experience. He needs the cash. The ranch where he grew up is bleeding money, and his father's cowboy traditions didn't do it any favors. Bobby is a cowboy as well, but he can see the need for a new direction.

Milly Lockwood Groves is a British girl whose father owns a highly respected stud (a horse breeding facility) and some of the best stallions in the business. Forbidden to ride since a horrific accident, Milly is suffocating under her parents' overprotective ways. She wants nothing more than a career in riding racehorses.

When Bobby travels to England for a job, he stays with Milly's family. Impressed by the seventeen-year-old's tenacity and astounding ability around horses, he invites her to his ranch in California, where he plans to open a racing stable.

Milly's whirlwind career in the States is marked by love, betrayal, and the arrival of a determined enemy. With her innocence and integrity at stake, where will her choices take her? While this book is about many things, it is primarily Milly's coming-of-age story. She begins as a naïve girl and emerges something quite different. Her journey ranges from exciting to outrageous to crushing.

Aside from her tale, the reader is introduce to a heady cast of characters, including an unassuming ranch family, a poisonous rival from Milly's childhood, a lecherous investor, and a ruthless billionaire and his quiet daughter. Despite the large cast, it's not difficult to tell the subplots apart. Each is different and stars unique characters, all of whom invariably affect Milly and Bobby.

This story is intriguing, although the main characters all have flaws that tarnish their images.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christy A. on May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I grabbed this book because it looked fun, original and entertaining. Well, I guess at times it could be considered entertaining. But not in a, "Oh, that was good and entertaining!" kind of way. More of a, "Well, I sure am glad this isn't happening to me and the characters kind of deserve their fates," kind of entertaining.

The book started out fun and pulled me in in such a way that I couldn't put it down. The heroine, Milly, is young, beautiful and full of life. The hero, Bobby, comes to her parents stud farm in England to train horses for her neighbor, and rival Rachel's, family. A friendly, if not sometimes petty, fued between the two girls ensues. For about two hundred and fifty pages I really felt good about this book.

Then Milly turns into a total flake and a little bit easy. She starts hurting the people who love her and are trying to help her and becomes very selfish and unlikeable. At one point she even poses for Playboy magazine to "further her racing career."

As the book drags on, I felt compelled to finish. After all, I couldn't just put it down after getting this far into it. Toward the end Milly has a wake up call and finally pulls her head out. She decides she does love Bobby and is sorry for being such a you-know-what.

So, after almost costing him his family ranch, sleeping with his enemy and brushing off him and his offer to train her(even though he is the one who brought her to America) Bobby decides he loves her and wants her, regardless.

The hero turned out to be just as stupid as the heroine and I have to say I was more than a little disappointed with this book. It was underdeveloped and the conflicts were too dramatic and made the characters feel dark and unlikeable. It had potential, but at 472 pages, it fell short and drug on. Save your hard earned money.....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mara on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I only got half way through this book! That says alot for me when the book doesn't flow or have me not care about any of the characters or what happened to them.

Ms. Bagshawe needs more polish and more experience as a writer, and give her characters more depth. I also couldn't understand why Molly would want to be a Quarterhorse jockey, but then maybe I can with here living in England and breaking a male tradition is hard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Twenty-three years old highly regarded horse breaker and trainer Bobby Cameron inherits the family's renowned ranch Highwood in California when his father passes away. However, Bobby realizes that he does not have the capital to keep the spread going so he accepts work as a trainer in Newmarket, England where he is to work with two horses at Newells Stud Farm.

Bobby soon falls in love with the seventeen year old daughter of his employer. Milly Lockwood Groves is a frustrated rider whose neck injury prevents her from competing. She envies her neighbor successful rider Rachel Delaney and assumes that she cannot compete for the attention of Bobby. As Bobby seeks a wealthy partner for his California spread, Milly returns to racing encouraged by the American's deep feelings for her, but Rachel, who lives to get under Milly's skin, tries to seduce him as she did with Jasper, her long time rival's brother.

SHOWDOWN is a fascinating look at the horse racing business at a time when the Triple Crown is occurring. Bobby is a fine young man though a bit naive when it comes to women and real estate. Milly feels ready to return to the saddle, but her parents fear for her refuse to allow her to do so while Bobby encourages her. Rachel never comes across as a true competitor for the attention of Bobby as she behaves like a spoiled teenaged Lolita whose goal in life is to top Milly. Fans will appreciate this fine contemporary romance though the tension from the realty deal and the rivalry seems forced.

Harriet Klausner
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