Faith in Every Footstep by Wesley Banks
On the eve of one of mankind's toughest races, accompanied by thirteen of America's rarest dog breed, rookie musher Kyle Walker only has one thought in mind: win. Discovered in the lowlands of South Carolina, the Carolina grays have traveled over five thousand miles to face off in the 2003 Yukon Quest. But one dog stands above the rest—King.
When an unexpected storm strikes, Kyle Walker and the reigning champion are forced to turn back. Stranded at the checkpoint, Kyle and his dogs find solace in a young veterinarian with auburn hair and keen green eyes—Jenna Maynor.
In this storm another race is forming, one of an Inuit man racing to save his family. Presented with the choice to help, but at the risk of his and his dogs’ lives, Kyle Walker ventures into the unknown in search of a mom and two young daughters.
The Yukon Quest was founded on the premise that a dog driver and his team should be a self-sufficient unit capable of challenging varied terrain and severe weather. But these conditions may prove to be too much, even for Kyle and King.
Wow! I was hooked from the first page of this really fabulous book. The writing was clear and I felt as if I was actually there with Kyle the entire way through the book. I could feel the softness of the dogs' fur beneath my fingers, feel the tension between Kyle and Jenna, feel the chill of the wintry Alaskan air...
This was a different type of book for me, but one that I enjoyed immensely. I've been intrigued by the dog sled races for a few years now and I really liked how this book took you deep inside the intricate issues associated with the racing. Even the care of the dogs was fascinating - it makes sense that they'd need the extra TLC, but to delve into exactly what kind of care they get pre-race and during each checkpoint was very neat. The budding romance between Kyle and Jenna was fun to witness and I hope there's more to their affair in the next book. I was on the edge of my seat during Kyle's search for the mother and daughters and stayed up late to find out what happened with Faith.
This is definitely a story that will stay with you long after you've read the last page...and luckily this is a series so you don't have to go through story withdrawals for long. I've just picked up Hope in Every Raindrop (book two in the Faith, Hope and Love series) and am eager to continue reading Kyle and King's story.
About the author: Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.
Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he loves so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as he can fit in.
Faith in Every Footstep
written by Wesley Banks
published by Chasing Pace Publishing, 2016