Desert's Secret is about Reesa, a girl orphaned by her parents at a young age. Thankfully she was taken in by her parent's friends and was continued to be raised around the horses that she loves. Reesa has an affinity for working with horses, one that goes beyond a natural ability. She can feel what they feel. When she finds a magic book and is taken to another land by a powerful God she finds out that her ability is part of a heritage that was not passed down before her parents death.
This is a debut Indi novel and the first in a series. The novel is not perfect. There are a few spelling errors, awkward spaces, and incorrect words. There is enough that even I noticed but not enough that they were distracting or annoying. The start of the story was a little slow and it took me a few pages to really get into the characters.
Yet, I did. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Reesa was a determined and independent American women who was thrown into an extremely repressive culture. Her struggle to come to terms with her new world and to discover her own hidden talents was captivating. I found myself sucked into the story wanting to read more.
The ending was fitting, it left the story ready to continue. I especially appreciate that it was not a cliche ending, although there was acceptance. I do wonder how Reese responded to actually seeing the slaves sold off at the market. I can not imagine that it would have gone over too well.
I am excited to see how Munsterman grows as an author as the series continues.
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