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Epona (Book1 Highlands Series)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Can she overcome the trauma of her past and find redemption in the wild Scottish Highlands?
After a horrendous attack on her family farm in South Africa takes the lives of her loved ones and leaves her wounded, her only escape is to leave the country of her birth for the highlands of Scotland and her last living relatives. But Sadie’s life may still be in danger.
Blane Bucha
Kindle Edition, 439 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by 3 Umfana Publishers
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Kay's Blushing Book Reviews
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelle has a beautiful and brilliant imaginary writing style that captures your utmost attention. There are some really tough moments to read in this story but you recover and see how those scenes are important to paint a clear and vivid picture of the realities of the farm brutality in South Africa.

Blane Buchan is the hero you love to hate, whilst the heroine Sadie Monroe, is such a beautiful and courageous character. We follow her journey from the farms of South Africa to the Highlands of S
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author. ***

Epona was interesting romantic suspense that revolved around Sadie’s loss and her love for horses. It was about trauma, grief, regret, guilt, desolation, greed and vengeance, redemption, a second chance to life and love, and triumph of love over evil.

Writing was vivid, descriptive, and beautiful that captured my attention from the beginning and took me from farming land of South
Mary Thurmman
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fantastic book which I did finish , but at this stage of my life I won’ t read any more of series. Much too South Africa violence ! Sorry all of this really happened!
Mary C Quade
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kept me reading even when my favorite TV shows were on. Could not put it down. Strong female character and the fantasy was not overwhelming such that it was believable. Truly enjoyed this book.

Kept me reading even when my favorite TV shows were on. Fantasy interwoven was not overwhelming and story was believable. A true good read. Might actually read this one again.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A rare read. Strong heroine and spectacular description. A story which kept me glued to every page and left me lingering in its beauty long after I had finished. A must read for all.
Dannielle Line
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sole survivor of a horrific murder, Sadie Monroe makes an anxiety-filled trip to the home of her paternal grandparents, her last remaining relatives, in hopes of escaping her dark and horrifying past. She never dreamed the one thing she believes caused her problems could be her salvation.

Blane Buchan wants to rejuvenate the quiet highland town of Lairg with modern ideas, strong business sense, and a deep desire to make a difference, things London society refuses to let him explore. His fascinati
Ann-Maree Howarth
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had me at the Cover to which it never lost me until the very last word was read. This book is full of two different languages that will give you a total effect on the story being told. The emotion is raw the pain is real and obstacles are jumped in this very loving and moving book.

Like Micheel Dalton other books you will get a real view and feel for the South African people with her description of the horrors and political unrest in a country of her birth. Her characters had depth and
Cathy Ryan
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. Settings in South Africa and the Scottish Highlands are each vividly portrayed with distinctive social behaviors as well as the physical landscapes. A blue roan horse plays a major plot role and this writer knows horses, their psyche, and training. Many of my favorite scenes concern the grandfather whose stiff neck lost him his son. Interactions between him and his wife, his granddaughter, Sadie, and his community felt authentic and were delightful to read. Most of all, this ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning imagery and a captivating story

Michelle weaves a tale that draws you in and doesn’t let go until the very end of the story. Her characters are complex, you love them, you hate them, you cry and laugh along with them. I started reading and couldn’t put the book down until I finished, and when I did I didn’t want it to end. I want to travel to the Scottish Highlands and meet all of these people, and experience the countryside as she painted it in my minds eye with her words. I’m looking f
Heather W
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartbreaking but beautiful book and is a must-read story of loss and love. The author uses vivid descriptions to draw you into Sadie's world. It is also wonderful to read of the myths and legends of both South Africa and Scotland.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I would love to read more.
I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book with no obligation.
ChillwithabookAWARD With
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Epona by Michelle Dalton has received a Chill With A Book Readers' Award.

What a lovely romantic story from the turmoil in Africa to the tranquility of the Highlands. The Characters bond.
Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill Awards
Juanita Kees
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Epona is the story of an undeniable connection between humans and animals that heals emotional wounds. Ms Dalton delivers a touching tale of a woman who, scarred by the horrors of a violent attack in her home country of South Africa, flees to Scotland in search of peace and healing. She finds that healing in the most unexpected way. The beautiful cover drew me to this book, and while it wasn't an easy read, it was worth persevering with to read the end. ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new Author to me and it looks like she is new to writing, a well written story that kept me turning pages. There is a great storyline with the pages flowing smoothly from page to page. I will be watching for more by this Author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buzzing-bee
Oh my heart breaks with the intensity, wrought by the emotives. You don't even need to love horses to love this story. ...more
Sonia Stanizzo
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. What a great story filled with emotion, wonderful characters and beautiful setting. This is a book that once you start reading, you can't stop until it's finished. ...more
Jamie Jack
Sep 01, 2019 added it
Shelves: p-2019
Exceptional, Unusual Novel

I feel like I barely know what to say about this book as it is so extraordinary on so many levels. The author has created such a strong heroine who has suffered so much; it is almost unimaginable what she has been through. Her struggles will tug at your heartstrings. The author does a good job of dripping the backstory in slowly, so our understanding and admiration of the heroine grow. The author starts off wonderfully, showing the heroine literally saying goodbye to he
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very intense.

This book was intense and heart breaking on so many levels.

I was horrified, cried, and put the book down occasionally.

Sadie was so brave in so many ways. It is amazing what humans can endure!

The "hero" was a milksop for most of the book. I liked the horse better than I did him. He just was not written strong enough. I didn't want an over-the-top alpha male but there has to be something in between. Granted, he saved Sadie at the end but I feel the horse would have done it.

I would lik
Tandy Oschadleus
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy to read and review: What a delightful story! Michelle blends Celtic mysticism, romance, horses and South Africa's tragic farm brutality - with the beautiful, scenic Scottish highlands and triumph in the face of adversity. Sadie, against all odds, overcomes the tragedy and associated brokenness that weigh on her after her family's death. When she allows herself to be loved, she once again loves herself. A raw, riveting, read that will captivate the reader right to the end! ...more
Michelle Dalton
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
"A brilliant women's paranormal fiction read!" GC Herselman.

"A steamy romance with great paranormal touches incorporating the beauty of South Africa and the Scottish highlands." S VD Westhuizen.

"Africa's heart beats deeply in this must-read love story." - T.M Clark

"Michelle Dalton's touching love story of a gifted young woman, a compassionate land-owner and the mare that brings them together, will stay with you long after you've finished the book." - Diane Demetre

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Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, Michelle Dalton and her family fled the rising violence taking over her beloved country and now lives near Brisbane, Australia with her husband and triplet sons.
While also juggling a nursing career and teenage sons, she loves to escape into her fictional world. Michelle has a deep love of horses and enjoys weaving them into dramatic

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