New York school teacher Charlotte Lambert is practical and predictable, and never allows life to veer off course. Until she comes to New Mexico. During one summer in Agua Dulce, a village haunted by a phantom herd of wild horses, and where ravens embody the spirits of ancestors, Charlotte’s world is upended as she unearths the details of her mother’s forbidden love affair, chilling murder, and courageous last act of redemption. Pursued by a madman hell-bent on killing her, Charlotte finds shelter, romance, and her own misplaced soul at the desert camp of a surprisingly sophisticated cowboy, and learns how love in its myriad forms is the only path to lasting salvation.
“Bone Horses” is a contemporary novel about Lesley Poling-Kempes’ favorite subject – history lost and found — and the real and imagined stories that bind one generation of people to the next. “In the exquisite novel, “Bone Horses”, Lesley Poling-Kempes grandly creates the landscape of New Mexico as a living character – vital, enduring and full of magic. As the geography of the American Southwest comes alive on the pages, the geography of the heart is revealed to be far more than muscle and bone. This is a story of what truly knits us together – family, history, enduring friendships – served up in luminous language and unforgettable story-telling.” Mary E. Mitchell, Love in Complete Sentences
“Lesley Poling-Kempes is deservedly known for her beautiful nonfiction books about Abiquiu and the Ghost Ranch area of northern New Mexico. Her second novel, “Bone Horses”, can only enhance her reputation. Her love of the land and its wild spirit shines through this tragic story with redemption at the end. It is a fine mystery, with complex twists and turns. “Bone Horses” is also a paean to the land and especially to its rare wild horses who symbolize all that is wonderful about our high desert country and all that needs our love and protection.”
–John Nichols / author of “The Milagro Beanfield War”
“Bone Horses” is a novel of large ambitions and sweep, with vivid characters and big American themes, written in crisp, sculptured prose. I highly recommend the novel for anyone who loves the landscapes and people of New Mexico.”
–Douglas Preston, New York Times #1 Bestselling author of “Two Graves” and “The Monster of Florence”