Willow Ranch

Magic in the middle of the wilderness

Shadowhorses of the Rocky Mountains - Natasscha Birovljev

Experience the Canadian Rocky Mountains and be enchanted

Set against the wild backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the books in the Willow Ranch series tell of the lives of Canadian ranchers, cowboys, and First Nations people. Adventures in the mountains and legends of the indigenous people are mingled with a longing for love, home, and community. Life at Willow Ranch, surrounded by the vastness of untouched nature and the wildlife of Canada, invites the reader to sit by the crackling campfire and dream.

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Shadow Horses of the Rocky Mountains

After receiving an ominous message, siblings Lee and Lyla return to their father’s Willow Ranch in Canada. However, their father, who is seriously ill with cancer, seems anything but pleased to see his children again after fourteen years.

As the magic of the Rocky Mountains washes over them and the wilderness of Canada puts their resolve to the test, they both realize that home is more than a place and that dreams can tell their own story.

When the ranch is at risk and a secret threatens to tear apart the newly forged family bonds, the siblings are willing to risk everything to make Willow Ranch their home again.

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Lee Meyers
When Lee learns of his father’s illness, he quits his job as a photojournalist and returns to Willow Ranch—even though he hasn’t had any contact with his father in 14 years. Lee quickly settles back into the rhythm of life on the ranch. He enjoys the daily work with the horses and dives into his tasks with relish.
Lyla Meyers
Her father’s illness also brings Lyla back to Willow Ranch after many years away. Unlike her brother Lee, she is very shy and easily rattled. Her need for harmony and her naivety don’t always make life simple for her. Lyla is always on hand and willing to help. At the same time, she is always anxious to please everyone and not disappoint anyone. She has a very close relationship with animals, even of the wild variety. Her closeness to horses goes beyond even her familiar relationship with other animals. Once in the midst of nature, she becomes aware of a gift that was previously deeply hidden.
Naira Weaver
A self-confident First Nations woman, Naira shows an irrepressible lust for life alongside her pride in her heritage. She is a determined woman who cherishes the traditions and culture of her people. She becomes a close friend to both Lee and Lyla.
Lonefeather Jones
The passion of the Cree Indian is drumming, but his vocation is knotting dreamcatchers. Through his fingers flows a magic that is both a gift and a curse.
Nick Flint
With his love of the outdoors and his sense of duty and loyalty, Nick is a cowboy through and through. For a go-getter like him, Willow Ranch is more than just a place to work. It becomes his home. Nick is a hothead who often acts on impulse and, particularly when it comes to his personal life, his jealousy is often bubbling just below the surface. His close ties to Willow Ranch deepen in the second volume.
Chuck Morton
The rodeo rider is a happy-go-lucky guy and a friend who would go through thick and thin with Lee. His carefree and warm nature makes spending time with Chuck always a pleasure. He is bubbling over with ideas, he’s courageous and he’s definitely willing to take risks. His experiences in life have left their mark, however. Where once there was a carefree spirit and a glint of mischief in his eyes, Chuck now appears somber, dismissive, and sullen.