David C. Cook
Sherri Sandís novel Leave It to Chance focuses on Sierra Montgomery, a recently-divorced mother of three children who is struggling to find her way though the hardest phase of her life. The last thing she expected was to inherit a spirited horse named Chance. It is through Chance and Ross Morgan, a landscaper who takes care of Chance, that Sierra is able to bond with her children and begin the healing process from her divorce.
While this story focuses on the unfortunate reality of divorce in a Christian home, many aspects of Leave It to Chance seemed somewhat unrealistic. The dialogue, especially between Sierra and her best friend Elise, seems a little forced and unnatural. Also, I thought the children were a little too cliche: the angry older son, the emotional and vulnerable younger daughter, and the silent middle child. Granted, this is not to say that children would not respond in these ways, but they are portrayed as two-dimensional characters who rarely deviate from their allotted traits.
However, this might be a good book for someone who is interested in a story about a young motherís struggle to rear three children on her own. The biblical message is also very strong and offers an obvious application of handing over our pain to God. -- Heather Schultz, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Single mom of three, Sierra Montgomery is desperate to find a new job to keep from having to move back home and be smothered to death by her mother's good intentions and overbearing love. So when Sierra inherits Chance, a quirky old gelding she doesn't have a clue what to do with, she thinks her best bet may be to sell the horse to cover another month's rent--a decision that devastates her children.
Enter Ross Morgan, a handsome landscaper who just happens to have an empty barn and fenced pasture... perfect for an old horse to live out his days as the pet of three wounded kids. Ross develops a soft spot for eldest child Braden...and he just might have one for Braden's mother. But what he doesn't have is time for distractions--he's got a landscaping business to run and nursery plants to tend.
But there's just one problem. Sierra's terrified of horses and--thanks to her past--wary of attractive men. Yet seeing the way her angry son idolizes Ross and adores that old horse forces Sierra to confront her fears. Will she remain distrustful and self-reliant, or will she seek help from God and those who love her?