Ride of a Lifetime, by Shara Azod, is a short, but very thorough novella.
The story is set in an African American/Native American rodeo. The fact that the rodeo participants are either African American or Native American is not actually relevant to the story. The story is very true to what happens on the traveling rodeo circuit. We are led to believe that this rodeo group is run by a descendent of the great Nate Love, Bill Love. Bill wants his most trusted friend/employee/part owner, Trace, to watch over his grand-baby. What Bill does not initially tell Trace is that his “grand-baby” is a 25 year old woman, Jesse.
As can be predicted, Trace and Jesse, after spending much time in close quarters and contact, fall in love. What is not fully understood until the end of the story is that this was Bill’s plan the whole time. Bill viewed Trace like a son and felt he was the best person for his granddaughter. He knew throwing them together on tour, staying in the same RV and working together, would foster a protectiveness in Trace. Ironically, what Bill did not know was that Jesse wanted to be with Trace all along.
This is a cute story that I would recommend to all.
-Reviewed by Selina