By Lori Windows

It was not whimsy that had brought him together with this red horse to run this race. It was the justice of time.

Raised without hope or pride in his heritage to what promises to be a short life of crime, alcohol, and drugs, Nez Perce teenager Al George gets an unexpected second chance. A heist gone wrong ends up with him working on probation at the very Idaho ranch he and his “friends” tried to rob, owned by Celia Bolt, who left her own rich-but-dysfunctional family to move West many years ago, and the taciturn Morgan Kyles, who has his own checkered past.

Over the course of the summer of 1986, Celia and Morgan work out the thorny details of their relationship, while Al regains his pride and his sense of self as he works with the ranch’s signature Appaloosas, finds love—and finally, through a deep bond with one very special horse, reconnects with his Nez Perce heritage and discovers the truth of his strange, recurring dreams of an Indian brave on a very special horse, striving to protect his people from the soldiers pursuing them.

For everyone involved, one summer changes everything.


“Lori Windows brings horses and the special coy dog, Cantar, to life in her writing . . . romance is sprinkled throughout and the ending is satisfying. I love reading about horses, especially where animals are not just props, but are characters in the story!” – Gayle M. Smith, Award-Nominated Author of Thickwood

”I haven’t read a western in years and now I’m wondering why. Simiakia has drawn me back into the genre with gusto!…Lori Windows writes in such a beautifully detailed way without being flowery…I recommend Simiakia to anyone who is already a fan of engrossing westerns as well as those trying out the genre for the first time.“Toby A. Welch, SaskBooks Reviews

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