ARC Review | White Horse in Winter by Franci McMohan

white horse in winter


Title: White Horse In Winter
Author: Franci McMahon
Genre: LGBTQIA, Mystery & Thrillers
Publishing date: 14th September , 2015
Published by: Bold Strokes Books, Inc
Pages: 240

My Rating: 4/5 stars  



*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Montana rancher, Becky Miles (who decidedly drops the Becky part) is drawn into the snake pit of internalized homophobia when she travels to Vermont to find out if her gal, Jane Scott still loves her. Jane’s life is enmeshed by old guilt and compassion for Georgia, whose horse training business is tarnished by a tragic death in her barn. Miles has little patience for Georgia, a closeted lesbian who is desperate to pass among the upper crust of the horse show world. Neither Jane nor Miles has any idea, at first, just how desperate Georgia is to pass in the straight world.


My Take:

Before we get on with my take on this book. Let’s take a minute to appreciate the cover. Oh boy! The cover is spot on. ❤ The cover was the reason I decided to read it in the first place. (Yes, I am guilty. 😛 ) All the white, the horse, the snow. ❤ The title and the cover are a match made in heaven. ❤ (Okay, back to normal. 😛 )


I enjoyed this book despite the rating I gave. To be honest, I love mystery but when other aspects of the book are ignored then I kind of get confused on what to rate the book. Should I give it a 4 star because it is a mystery book and that part was definitely good or should I not because the base, that is, Jane’s and Mile’s relationship that kickstarts the story didn’t appeal to me much.

But then, It’s the package that makes the deal, isn’t it? I didn’t read the book to separate awesome moments from not so awesome ones instead I read it for the sheer joy of reading it.

This book isn’t the find the culprit types. Here, we knew who the culprit was from the middle of the book. The problem here was pinning her to the crime and making her confess. According to me, the most difficult type of criminal is the one who in his/her mind did the right thing. The people who suffer from a psychological problem. There’s nothing more dangerous than human brain.

The culprit in this book is homophobic. Her homophobia makes her commit crimes as she thinks it is the only way to keep her life and pass off as straight.


Our fears usually get the best of us. What’s important is to realize our fears and get a hold of them before they destroy you. Life this line says: “School in your feeling, girl. Don’t ever let them get the upper hand.”

The end was so unexpected. I could’ve never imagined one of them to die in the end. It was going so smooth one minute and when they thought they had the culprit pinned, the wheels turned.

Screenshot_2015-09-18-10-59-18-1Apart from the mystery there is so much to learn about horses.
Just like horses, terrified humans don’t make much sense either. When we are afraid we too tend to look for comfort in others.

As for the title goes. It is a perfect sum-up of the story. Which the author explains herself. Lies can hide till the circumstances allow them to, but in the end the truth comes out.Screenshot_2015-09-18-11-00-09-1


Why would I pick it up?

It is a perfect way to understand how our fears can turn us into the world of crime and destroy our lives as well as other’s too. Apart from the intelligence, it is a fast read to enjoy in between your work or before bed. 🙂 🙂 😀


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