Dark Horse by A.L. Brooks

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Author: A.L. Brooks


Sometimes, going back is the only way forward.

Punished for a crime she did not commit, Sadie is sent away to live with Elsie, her grandmother and rebuild her life estranged from the rest of her family.

Now, several years later she returns home to visit her terminally ill mother and face up to the past. In the midst of family turmoil Sadie meets Holly and falls in love for the first time.

Can Sadie overcome the lies of the past to build a brighter future?

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Publication Date

February 2017


epub, mobi, and pdf


99,000 words




978-3-95533-786-5 (mobi), 978-3-95533-787-2 (epub), 978-3-95533-788-9 (pdf)


Ylva Publishing

5 reviews for Dark Horse by A.L. Brooks

  1. Dee
    Rated 4 out of 5


    This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and while vastly different to the first, it was still an enjoyable read.

    Don’t be fooled by the cover that this is a biker story. While the heroine does indeed own a motorcycle, it doesn’t feature anymore into a story than a character who has a car as their mode of transportation.

    With that said the title is fitting as Sadie is the black sheep, or should I say Dark Horse, of the family. When she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, it’s the final straw for her A-hole of a father and she is sent to live with her Grandmother at the tender age of seventeen. I saw this is a cloud with a silver lining, Elsie was such a wonderful character, I’m sure Sadie was much better off living under her roof than with her unsupportive parents.

    Twelve years on, when Sadie receives news her mother has a brain tumour, she returns to her childhood town/home. From that point on the story is a touching one of redemption and second chances.

    Staying at the hotel, rather than with her parents, Sadie becomes involved with Holly. Their relationship is a slow burn and not without its issues. I actually thought the connection between Holly’s Aunty and Sadie would cause a whole lot of chaos but alas, it dropped off as quick as the blow-up.

    Sadie’s father and sister are rather one-dimensional characters, but given I didn’t care one iota for either of them, that wasn’t a bad thing.

    This story touches on many issues, abandonment, second chances, grief, conflict, homophobes, coming out, and a happy resolution.

  2. Karola
    Rated 5 out of 5


    **free ARC
    That was my first book of A.L. Brooks, but it’s sure not the last. She has a very nice writing, with funnny parts, sad and filled with love parts. Sadie is the typical human, who is very much certain, that for her there is no happy ever after. Her past has given her this idea. It takes the illness of her mother, the falling in love at first sight with her by another woman and her not taking no for an answer, a very good friend to make Sadie believe and see what’s in front of her. And driving that bike to loosen up her thoughts.

  3. Karen Mcintosh
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Sadie has a lot of insecurities to deal with and a past she’d rather forget. When she has to deal with all of it suddenly, how will she cope? Meeting Holly has the potential to change her and their relationship is just what she needs. This wonderful story deals with heavy emotional stuff and is intense. It is also beautifully romantic and unbelievably sexy. It is about letting go of the past and opening up to those who really love you. Love is love and sometimes people need a nudge to realise it. This is a fantastic story that I couldn’t put down.

    I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

  4. jane shambler
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I loved this book. It has a bit of everything. But what I liked the most was the personal story of the lead character and the way the author portrayed it. The book is very well written and I found it hard to put down. It’s a situation many find them selves in but I liked the positive outcome despite the sad events. Yes, this is my first book by this author but it definately won’t be the last. The author bravely hit on issues many face and dealt with them in a compassionate manner. I really enjoyed the story and I found I could relate to it and I expect many more can. Enjoy, I did

  5. pharridge
    Rated 4 out of 5


    What I liked about this book was it’s strong main characters, Sadie who was disowned but had the fortitude to fight through and Holly who is growing emotionally and looking to find her path in life.

    Set in Australia with the backdrop of a small counrty town mindset where everyone knows each other and their families. Sadie has to come to terms with an estranged mothers’ dying attempt to reconnect with her daughter, whilst fighting her family history. Added to the mix, the of frightening thought of opening herself up to trust someone again and let them in close.
    I enjoyed this story which was made stronger by the support characters of Elsie (Sadie’s grandmother) and her BFF Nicole.
    I received an arc copy in exchange for a honest review.

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