Title: The Rocking Horse
Author: Gloria Zachgo
Published Date: August 18, 2011
Buy on Amazon: Paperback / Kindle
Gloria Zachgo's novel, The Rocking Horse, is a wonderful story that I enjoyed from the first page until the last. On the day I started the book, my husband and I decided to head to the gym. I LOVE gym time. Not because of the great work out, or the sweating, or knowing I can come home and eat a cookie guilt free. No, I love going to the gym because Exercise Time equals Candace's Reading Time. With a book in hand I can literally walk an entire evening. I perch myself on a treadmill, raise the incline, and read away. This particular evening was no different from the others: I placed my novel in the treadmill book/magazine holder, started some soft music on my iPod to drown out the background noise, and started to walk.
I had no idea that The Rocking Horse would captivate me to the point where I had to finish it the same evening I first opened it up. Zachgo's The Rocking Horse is a wonderful mystery that has a little bit of romance and multiple thrills mixed in. The novel begins twenty-two years in the past, in the small town of Shady Creek, Kansas. The close knit community is shocked to learn that three of their loved citizens were brutally murdered with no suspect in sight. The mystery of the fateful night deepens when it comes to light that a two year old little girl, Jenny, was kidnapped from the murder scene. Two decades pass and the town has yet to forget that heinous night. The hope is still alive that little Jenny is safe somewhere.
Fast forward to present day where Zachgo introduces her readers to Jennifer, a young woman who finds herself running from an abusive husband in Chicago. In her suitcase she carries a new identity, cash, clothing, and a toy rocking horse that she has had since she was a child. Staring at a map, trying to decide where to start her new life, Jennifer's rocking horse suddenly loses its button eye which falls right onto the city of Shady Creek. Taking it as an omen, Jennifer, or Julie according to her new identity, heads to Kansas. What Shady Creek has in store for Jennifer will leave her life greatly altered.
Gloria Zachgo's, The Rocking Horse, is a truly wonderful story. It is well written, has a great plot, believable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I believe my favorite character is Barbara, the mother of the murdered young lady and grandmother of missing Jenny. Barbara lived through her own personal Hell and was still able to grow from the experience and live her life to the fullest. The close bond that Barbara and Julie formed was a joy to read.
I absolutely recommend The Rocking Horse to all fiction lovers. It has the perfect combination of suspense, sadness, romance, and true friendships. Get ready to have your heart strings pulled, and good luck putting the book down for the evening! Hat's off to Mrs. Zachgo for weaving a story that will stay with me for days to come.
Gloria Zachgo has provided me with a complimentary copy of her book, The Rocking Horse, for the purpose of review.