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Release day: Up on Horseshoe Hill

18 November 2019

Today is the official release of Up on Horseshoe Hill by Penelope Janu (ebook and paperback, Harlequin MIRA). Here’s the blurb:

A kiss can change your life …

Jemima Kincaid loves her home, her horses and her job as a farrier. Life has not been kind to her, but Jemima is happy in the close-knit rural community of Horseshoe Hill, which rallied around in her hour of need. Even so, she is fiercely independent and will never rely on anyone again.

Particularly a man like Finn Blackwood.

An infuriatingly attractive geneticist and wild animal vet, Finn threatens not only the serenity of Jemima’s present, but that of the future she has so carefully mapped out. But as their paths continue to cross, she finds her attraction to Finn impossible to counter, even as the trauma of her past threatens to undo her. Finn is fascinated by Jemima’s solitary nature and unique vulnerabilities but Jemima knows all about loss and how to avoid it. Don’t let anyone get close in the first place …

As the past begins to cast long shadows, Jemima and Finn discover that a kiss can bring worlds together – or tear them apart. Will they finally face their fears and find love on Horseshoe Hill?

Penelope dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

In all of my novels, I’ve chosen professions for my characters that interest me. Jemima Kincaid from Up on Horseshoe Hill is a farrier, an unusual occupation for a woman, but one that is crucial to a horse’s wellbeing. As part of my research for this book, I spent a lot of time on the road with a farrier—who also worked on wild animals. My other lead character, Finn Blackwood, is a geneticist and wild animal vet. How do these professions fit together? Many open plains zoos, like the one I used as a model in this novel, have the conservation of threatened species at the forefront of their activities. They, and other zoos around the world, breed animals as a way of preserving the species, tailoring their programs to make sure that particular bloodlines are preserved. Many animals other than horses have hoofs and need hoof care—for example, giraffe, hippo and rhino. Jemima and Finn are an unconventional couple who have a rocky path to romance. I hope readers enjoy reading this story as much as I loved writing it.

You can find out more about this book at Penelope’s website or buy it from HarperCollins.

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