Loyalty to family and love of place are, for Kate Connolly and Sean Kendrick, reasons enough to work their lives on their island of Thisby. But Thisby breeds a smallness of opportunity, and the sea encircling it, home to the water horses, is something too large to be crossed with false dreams and ungrounded hope. But there are the Scorpio Races, and there is the slow discovery, between Kate and Sean, of one another, and the stakes that encompass both. This is a wonderfully written novel, without saccharine or easy sentiment. It’s a romance for people who have seen too little of it and know its cost. The Scorpio Races is an amazing book.