SERENA BASSETT was always content to be the good twin. Between her wild twin sister Rachel and her gambling addict father, her family had plenty of colourful characters. She was the dependable sibling, a country jockey living in a small town community happy to be there for her family and friends. But when a racing accident at a country track on Melbourne Cup day leaves her with a brain injury, Serena wonders if she should embrace being alive by trying new things and stop worrying about everyone else for a while. She creates a survival list, carefully keeping her neighbour Lee off the public version of her list. Yes, she’d love to kiss the enigmatic, handsome horse trainer but her new found personal bravery doesn’t extend quite that far…
LEE EDWARDS, the second son of the Earl of Waldebroke, has created a new life for himself on the other side of the world, as a racehorse trainer in country Australia. Born as Lord Ambrose Headley Edwards, he much prefers the simple name of Lee. Being a horse trainer suits him, it’s a solitary life and he doesn’t have to answer to anyone’s demands or listen to his father’s voice telling him he will fail. The family on the neighbouring farm accept him at face value, and life finally feels right, until an accident makes him retreat away from his friendships. When Serena Basset turns up on his doorstep five months after the accident he caused, he is forced to confront his responsibility over the accident. He can’t wipe away that guilt, knowing he screwed up, just like his father predicted he would. He can’t accept the easy way her and her brother forgive him. He doesn’t want friends, and he sure as hell doesn’t want a relationship. Except he can’t say no to Serena.
This book includes discussion of toxic parenting, and a traumatic brain injury.