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The Carriage Trade Paperback – June 15, 2012
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Lisa Deon told stories for years before she ever thought of writing them down. Had it not been for the invention of the PC and Microsoft Word, she never would have, because typing was just not her thing. So much so that her first novel, written in Junior High, was dictated to a friend who was a superior typist, speller and had a much better appreciation for proper grammar and punctuation. After they parted ways, Lisa shared her tales by cornering people at cocktail parties and telling them stories until someone had to give up and go pee. Now, with the advent of the previously mentioned technological miracles, you can enjoy Lisa's yarns in the comfort and privacy of your home and use the restroom whenever the spirit moves you, without having to formulate a creative way of escaping her clutches, like faking a heart attack or pulling the fire alarm. If you feel it necessary, you can stalk Lisa online at Facebook or send an email to Lisa@LisaDeon.com which she might answer depending on if you are actually being sincere or if she thinks you are trying to sell her diet water, erection pills, or advise her she has won the Nigerian Lottery. In any case, this "About the Author" is the only place where she talks about herself in the third person. Offline, she has three rescue dogs, a rescue husband, a daughter in the military, a mother living in her basement (of her own free will) a beloved but seldom ridden Appaloosa and is babysitting a Bearded Dragon. Or would that be Dragon-sitting? Either way, her favorite foods are wine and popcorn, her favorite color is dog, and her favorite smell is horse. Not necessarily in that order. www.LisaDeon.com www.facebook.com/LisaDeon
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Two years of rehab has got her back at her business, working at what she can, but she requires constant watching and assistance, primarily given by Bill, a past lover who feels that he was the reason for the accident. Carlos was arguing with her soon-to-be-ex-husband and trying to get her toddler son away from him in the back of the carriage, and she lost situational awareness. If she'd been concentrating on her driving, she might have averted the out-of-control truck guided by a driver who had just had a medical emergency. It might have been less severe. Instead, it was carnage.
Bill won't reopen the relationship door because of his guilt. Carlos doesn't remember the relationship completely, but she knows she isn't supposed to touch Bill for some reason. Like a child told not to touch a hot stove, she knows she isn't supposed to do it, but is clueless about why.
The carriage barn is staffed with a wide range of characters who provide tourist rides and guided tours in the Salt Lake City area. Most of them have worked for Carlos for years, and she thinks of them as her "tribe," an adopted family that she's responsible for tending. Now Bill needs to return to his original job as an investment banker instead of a Carlos caregiver, and Carlos is in an emotional upheaval over the change.
A new barn manager is hired, but he's scum. He sees Carlos as a pocketbook ripe for picking, as she's comfortably situated with insurance money from the accident. Will he move in on her as a predatory lecher and steal from a once-brilliant woman who is now impaired?
You don't have to be a horseman to understand this book. It would be an excellent story for anyone who has suffered a major trauma and gone through rehab, or for their family, as the author explains very clearly how it must feel to be only part of what you once were. For horsemen, it all rings true, and it's a good short course on how to run a carriage business.
Best of all, no typos, no formatting errors, no idiotic statements about horses, because this writer knows her stuff, and not just the stuff that goes in the wheelbarrow every morning. I can't wait to read book 2.
Bill's parents took Carlos in to raise when she was six, and although people think of them as brother and sister, Bill and Carlos love and are attracted to each other as more. Bill has been the rock which kept Carlos going after her accident, along with the other carriage drivers. He has also been the business brains behind the continuation of her carriage business. But, in addition to the fact that Carlos is still recovering from the accident, Bill has another reason not to be in a relationship with Carlos. At the beginning of the book he has decided to go back to work as an investment banker - or bank robber to Carlos in one of her moments -- and to let Carlos get on with running the carriage business. Just how will that work out?