An Alisa Release Day Review: One Step Forward by Tia Fielding

Rating:  3 stars out of 5


One Step ForwardSam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He’s never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.


This was a nice story.  Sam knows he is in for a challenge when he meets Calla and Josh.  They are both lost without the other, so in order to help one he must work with both.


Sam and Josh are both pulled to each other when they meet, but hold themselves apart until an injured dog causes them to live together.  As they grow closer to each other they discover they both have more healing to do before they can move forward together.  Their time apart will tell if they are meant to be.


This story is told from both Sam and Josh’s point of view, which helps to know what they characters are feeling.  This story is well written, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters.  Most of this story Sam and Josh were apart from each other and had the belief that if it is meant to be it will happen.  That is a mindset I have a hard time to connect to, but it seems to work with these characters.  I still enjoyed the story and ending, it’s just not what I usually go for.


Cover art by AngstyG is nice and works well for this story.


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Book Details:

ebook, 236 pages
Published: August 8, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN-13: 9781634776011
Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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