Wild Horses On The Salt is contemporary fiction which has several themes running through it. One is domestic violence and another is the plight of wild horses, especially those in Arizona.
Becca has run away from her violent husband and her life as a lawyer in New Jersey. She has come to the home of friends who run an inn in Arizona. Life in the desert is very different from where she was brought up and it gives Becca time to recover and to think about what she really wants in life.
With the support of Gaby and Walt who run the inn, Becca is introduced to their friends and community. She befriends their neighbour Noah and a romance between the couple forms. Becca is also taught about the local wild horses and how they are being threatened by man’s greed for more space. While smaller sub-themes involve Becca learning about the flora and fauna of Arizona, both natural and invasive as well as recycling and caring for the environment.
In addition to Becca’s story, there are chapters from the point of view of some of the animals, particularly a wild horse which was injured in a road accident. There really is a lot going on in this book and for me it watered down the tension and the importance of the two main themes, while the romance between Becca and Noah came across as rather rushed, considering her husband’s presence.
I was drawn to this story by the Arizona setting and the wild horse theme, but it didn’t hold my attention as much as I had hoped.
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A woman flees an abusive husband and finds hope in the wilds of the Arizona desert.
Rebecca Quinn escapes her controlling husband and, with nowhere else to go, hops the red-eye to Arizona. There, Gaby Strand – her aunt’s college roommate – gives her shelter at the Salt River Inn, a 1930’s guesthouse located in the wildly beautiful Tonto National Forest.
Becca struggles with post-traumatic stress, but is enthralled by the splendor and fragility of the Sonoran 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?