Challenge Of Choice


Join Heather, Royal Image and Possum on the shores of Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana in Challenge of Choice, the third volume in the Heather Trilogy. David and Ty meet, and the life of a horse is put at risk. A current boyfriend and a former boyfriend, two jumping horses to show, a missing racehorse, a newborn filly with a questionable pedigree, a human corpse dredged up from the bottom of Flathead Lake—just a normal summer for Heather Chambers in Challenge of Choice, the final book (following Quality Concealed and Image of Deception) in the “Heather” Trilogy. Leaving David Cane behind in Utah, Heather travels to Montana to promote her Thoroughbred jumper, Image, or so she thinks. Although her stepfather, Kevin, claims he “never interferes,” he decides Heather should see Tyler Taggert again before telling David she will marry him. Okay. She can go along with that. No problem. No problem, that is, until David shows up at the Taggert horse farm on the shores of Flathead Lake, hauling Possum, Heather’s backup mount. “Now you have both boyfriends together. You can compare,” Kevin tells a distraught Heather. If all this isn’t enough to complicate the eighteen-year-old girl’s life, add Ty’s gorgeous riding student, Allie, and Katie, his matchmaking sister, in memorable performances, both on and off the Bigfork Summer theater stage. And, oh yes–– is there really a Flathead monster?

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“Artfully created by a talented and knowledgeable author whose evident understanding and love of horses lends authenticity to not only the racing references in Challenge of Choice, but to all the horse segments in general. Filled with mystery, adventure and romance, Challenge of Choice kept our attention to the very end.” – Dean and Cloe Guymon, former owners of Ima Thinking Cash,​​ North American Claiming Challenge Champion of 1995

“Betty captures the fun and excitement of being one of the cast members at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.  Challenge of Choice brings back sweet memories of the two summers I spent there.  Be the best of yourself that you can, follow your dreams and endeavor to make wise choices like Heather in Challenge of Choice.” – Allison Gunty, appearing as Laurey in Oklahoma 2002 Discoveryland USA in Tulsa, Oklahoma

“As an educator of young people, as well as an equestrian coach, appraiser, and judge, I have witnessed the value of adding horses to people’s lives. The experience I gained training horses has, at times, given me insight into raising my own children. Read the exciting and thought-provoking Challenge of Choice and share the fun of mixing horses and teenagers and maybe pick up a tip or two along the way.” – John A Xanthopoulos, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education/ Coach, University of Miami (Florida); Equestrian Team (l997-2001), USA Equestrian Federation “r” Hunter/Hunt Seat Equitation Judge

“Challenge of Choice is enthusiastically commended as an unusually thoughtful and involving novel.” – James A Cox, The Midwest Book Review

“The author builds relational conflict and resolution in a wonderful, values-driven manner.” – Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews


Due to its 284 pages, Challenge of Choice surpassed the word limitation for its category and was not entered in any contests.


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