Lyndsay McKenna continues her Wind River series with the story of Dair Wilson and Noah
Mary. They met while Dair is recuperating from being hit by an IED in
Afghanistan and losing her WMD dog Zeus in the attack. Fast forward a
few months where both end up working together on the Bar C, a ranch
run by a former military couple, who employ veterans. The Wind River
Valley is a place where a lot of vets live and work. While training a mean
horse, Dair is injured and ends up in a wheelchair while recovering.
Noah is concerned and very sensitive to the feelings that Dair has while
going through what feels like another setback. As Dair works through
her problems from her childhood and being an amputee, she and Noah
get closer as the time goes by. While the Bar C is fought over by an
alcoholic father and his daughter, things escalate to a confrontation
between Dair, Noah, and Harper, another wrangler on the ranch, with
the abusive father of the owner. Taking things slow and working as a
team the people of the Bar C become a family and team.
Lyndsay McKenna shows the reader what life is like for a modern-day
military veteran with PTSD and an amputation. I was very moved by
WRANGLER'S CHALLENGE and
hope there are more stories in this series.
For Noah Mabry, it’s easier sometimes to relate to the dogs
and horses he trains than to other people. Ever since his
marriage became a casualty of the war in Afghanistan—torn
apart by the PTSD he brought back with him—he prefers to be
on his own. At the Bar C Ranch, where he works with a crew
of fellow military vets, his gentle patience helps tame even
the rowdiest mustang—but he’s about to meet a woman who
needs a healing touch he’s not sure he can give.
Dair Wilson, a half-Comanche ex-Marine who lost a foot to an
IED, has been hired on to assist Noah, but her deepest
wounds aren’t visible. Growing up in an abusive home, she
learned not to trust men, even ones who seem nothing but
kind. After a wild horse sends her sprawling, the attentive
care she receives from the Bar C family—and especially from
Noah—is enough to convince her she’s found a place she can
finally breathe easy. But one angry, damaged man poses a
threat not only to Dair and Noah, but to everyone who’s
built a new home at the Bar C . . .