UNbridled by Samantha Elphick

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Family - Conflict - Tragedy - Obsession - Suicide. Childhood friends, Burton Phillips, Mike Bradley and Danny Salvaggio, have an unusual relationship-they never talked about their feelings growing up . . . but, one day everything changed-they discovered the twisted body of a beautiful woman. The victim, Jessica Peters, was a famous high-goal polo player and the ex-wife of a professional golfer. One of the boys, intrigued by her past-sets out to reinvent her life as a polo player and uncover his theory about her death. But, he soon becomes prey to an obsession, while Jessica becomes the catalyst for three boys rapid journey into manhood. When immersed into the bizarre world of horses, money and power, the immature, young Burton soon finds his life quickly emulating Jessica's. His addiction to polo, obsession with a dead woman, and hateful vengeance toward his father, all confront the reality of his own character with extraordinary results. Unbridled is an emotional, conflicting story about human frailty, the unique bond of childhood friendships, and the damaging effect parenting can have on the psyche of a child.

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UNbridled is Samantha’s breakout novel. She had never aspired to write a book, nor ever thought she could, or would in her fifties. But Samantha proves that it is never too late to change course in life. Her first novel has been five years in the making on a road less traveled. But, you will find that Samantha combines her love of polo, horses, and people with a newfound talent to tell good story.Samantha is a native of Australia and came to this country 25 years ago. Her past writing consisted of business manuals, motivational lectures, newspaper stories, and magazine articles.  Samantha Elphick   To read more about Samantha’s journey through life go to her web site. www.samanthaelphick.net.   Through the pages of her book Samantha will take you to Argentina and Australia, where she re-visited for four months to write her first draft. You will enjoy her Aussie interpretation as she takes her characters from South America to her beautiful country down under.
Published January 29, 2007 by AuthorHouse. 512 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Polo fans might find more favor, as Elphick based the story on Deborah Couples, the real-life polo champ, who succumbed to depression following her public divorce from her golf pro husband, Fred Couples.

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One polo player Marcello who knew Jessica tells Burton that his nickname for Jessica was “Cabrona”—“bitch” in Spanish.

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