This is by Christine Meunier on her equus blog, I was so honoured!
Compromise is the second book by this author that I have read, the first being Challenger. The two novels are loosely related with some characters that are in both stories. But readers are able to read them as standalone novels. In Compromise, Molly finds herself struggling with the day to day tasks involved in her job in a local riding stable.
As more pressure gets put on Molly to step up into an overseeing role whilst their manager is in hospital, she finds that the joy of working with horses diminishes. The gossip and nastiness of the women she works with overrides any joy that she used to get from horses and working with them.
As things come to a head, Molly is amazed to find herself suddenly without the security of a job or a home. An unexpected compromise is provided to her in the form of Chris, a man who has been helping with her previous employer’s stallion. Molly is surprised by Chris’ solution to her problem but feels that the situation offered may work for her. She just questions if living with a man she barely knows is a good idea.
As time passes, Molly comes to learn the role of milking cows on Chris’ farm. She also learns that the recluse farmer has a lot more going on than you may first suspect. Compromise is an insightful look into the world of someone struggling with gender identity.
It features horses throughout and they have a healing affect on the main characters. There is a faith aspect that is touched on lightly but seems to sit under the surface. There are a couple of characters within the story that readers may love to hate, as they provide a good amount of friction in the story. Compromise is an interesting read that finishes off nicely for each of the main characters involved.