The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty (Unholy Trinity, Book 2)
Donna Kauffman
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East meets West across time and tradition as three young American women and their Indian immigrant mothers take first steps toward true sisterhood, shattering secrets and sharing joy and tears in Donna Kauffman's
The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty (Unholy Trinity, Book 2)

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The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty (Unholy Trinity, Book 2)
Donna Kauffman
320 pages
January 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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In this contemporary romance set amid a world of horses and stables in Virginia, heroine Elena Caulfield helps to train problem horses at the Dalton Downs stables. She's a secretive woman who arrived with her mare, Springer, and keeps herself to herself. Unfortunately for Elena's plans to keep a low profile, one of the three men who run Dalton Downs, suave Rafe Santiago, has noticed her and finds himself intrigued. To get to know her better, he persuades her to give him riding lessons. As soon as the lessons start, he finds himself wondering about her secrets, investigating her previous role at a famous racehorse training stable and uncovering secrets around the arson death of a famous racehorse. Someone seems to be interested in Elena and her horse, and Elena has to decide whether to trust Rafe or keep him at arm's length. Rafe must decide whether Elena is keeping secrets because she has something to do with the arson or was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The vast majority of this story takes place with scenes just between Elena and Rafe as they get to know each other, learn to trust one another and work together to sort out what's going on. The racehorse arson plot isn't too complex, and I saw several of the plot twists coming, but it remains an enjoyable enough read. Rafe and Elena's interest in each other is somewhat out of character for both of them, but author Donna Kauffman explains things convincingly and they make a good couple. This is light reading with an interesting background, that of the stables, and a reasonable plot.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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