Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Defining Gravity by Genevieve Mckay




Defining Gravity by Genevieve Mckay is about a high school teen named Astrid who who is sent to a stable to work as a punishment. Of course, she is enlightened about the wisdom of horses after getting to know them.

This is a well written book with a gorgeous cover. The plot and characters were interesting, but I guessed that Astrid would get hurt again and I was disappointed in the ending. Nothing seemed to get resolved: Astrid was still getting into trouble, her dad still had business problems and her riding instructor was still sick. While Astrid seemed to learn a few of life lessons, she didn't seem to learn from her mistakes. I know this is a series, but I would have liked  a more satisfying ending.

Visit the author's website at GenevieveMckay.com


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Spell of the Horse




The Spell of the Horse by Pam Billinge is a non-fiction account of her personal experience as well as her clients. She shares her profound bonds with a variety of horses that healed, inspired and taught her through spiritual connections. She now has a business teaching others how the horse can help them - both individuals and corporate leaders - in her rural farm in England. Visit her site at http://www.equestlimited.co.uk/


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bramble and Maggie Spooky Season by Jessie Haas




Bramble and Maggie Spooky Season by Jessie Haas is a wonderful book for young riders, especially if they have had their first fall off a horse or pony.

In this story set in Autumn, Maggie and Bramble discover the scary side of the fall season with the crunching of leaves, dropping acorns and strange scarecrows. But neither Maggie or Bramble let Autumn stop them from riding, especially on Halloween.

Great story and lovely artwork by Alison Friend.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

When the Stars Lead Home by L.W. Douglas



When the Stars Lead Home by Laura Weigel Douglas is an exciting adventure story about a twelve-year-old girl named Tizzy who wants to stay where she grew up, at Green Hills Adventure Camp in the Pacific Northwest. But after her parents die, her two aunts arrive to run the summer camp, maybe for the last time. Tizzy must prove to her aunts that it will be worth their while to change their lifestyle and return to their hometown to continue the summer horse camp.

The setting and camp life is realistic, and the characters are well rounded and interesting. Green Hills has Western style riding and I loved the ending with the aunts displaying their horsemanship skills.