The Temp and the Horse is a Mallory Southwell novel written by Valerie Hibbard and available on Amazon.
It was a pleasant surprise when I received it in the mail on Saturday, the last day of the old year! That ended it on a high note.
Recently I haven’t spent enough time on reading for pleasure, so I’m thankful that my friend Valerie sent me an autographed copy of her newly released book.
We met several years ago on line with a mutual interest in fiber. Managing to meet in person a couple of times, we continue growing our friendship with the help of the internet.
She is a woman of widely varying interests and experiences. Some of this knowledge I recognized in parts of her book, while other facts I know she thoroughly researched.
I have enjoyed reading the anecdotes and short stories that she published in her Plain and Practical newsletter years ago and highly recommend The Temp and the Horse.
It is adult reading so I would like to quote some from Valerie’s
“Warning to the Easily Offended”
” …There is murder, there is espionage, there is lying and sneaking. There is sex…People con others out of money, burn down houses, perform surgery without permission, practice eugenics and…”
In spite of her warnings I started reading immediately and couldn’t put it down til the end. I found her book to be realistically compelling with an intriguing story-line. Could such things actually be happening?
It starts with Mallory’s unsuccessful search for a job after graduating college with a double major. Finally she feels forced to take jobs with a Temp agency. This turns into a fast paced adventure that leads her down unexpected roads!
There are two more novels planned to follow this one. Can hardly wait for their release.
Valerie’s style may vary in genre but it is delightful and her characters engaging. She also has another style of book on Amazon that I would like to read.
I have always enjoyed mysteries and espionage as well as westerns and some historical novels. What are your favorite genres? Leave a comment, let me know what you are reading?