Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Witty and Interesting Riding Novel!

Margaret Fletcher: Gallop Girl, a Fall From Grace at Forty Miles an Hour by Genevieve Dutil won me over at the descriptions of "Hunter Princess" and "Gallop Girl."

When Margaret's father loses all their wealth, the 20 something gal dreams of once again competing at the A-circuit Hunter ring but first she must earn some money, something she never had to do before. She lands a job at a track exercising hot Thoroughbreds and immediately irritates the head rider, Emily, with her outfit and hairnet. But Emily soon learns that this Hunter Princess is a much better rider than her or any of the other exercisers.

Margaret and Emily clash on and off, even after they partner up on a discarded Thoroughbred named Chocolates. But they both learn as they go along, and eventually respect each other. Throw in dysfunctional parents, a jealous and rich Hunter Princess and a sexy boss and this novel will have you laughing in between rooting for the quirky protagonist.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon by Linda Ballou

The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon by Linda Ballou is a novel for all horse lovers. It's exciting, inspiring and has a realistic setting and great characters.

Gemcie has the perfect life: great show jumping horse, excellent trainer and a "fairy tale" husband. Then, after a serious jumping accident, it's all snatched away from her, in part by a devious competitor who takes both her horse and husband.

When she learns the truth about her father, she heads to the mountains her father loved in hopes of healing physically and emotionally. A new chapter in her life begins when she meets a lone cowboy.
Her confidence returns, and she longs to jump with her beloved horse again.

This well-written novel has lovely details about the great outdoors as well as the horse show scene.
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Another Racetrack Novel

If you are into reading about feisty heroines and the track scene, then this is the novel for you.

Personally, I like one with more action, more mystery - rather than the day to day trials and tribulations of a high school girl and her passion for horses. Now, if her jockey mom had been lost (not just on her own mission) or found dead, and the main character, July, was determined to find the cause, THAT would have interested me to continue reading. But after halfway through reading race scene after race scene, with a little romance thrown in, I just skimmed the rest.

On a positive note, the horse setting is very realistic and it has a nice cover!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Life Without Stirrups

Life Without Stirrups is one of the best equine memoirs I've ever read! Canadian author, Dagny Mofid, shares her story of her life with and without horses. It is well-written and laugh-out-loud funny. The descriptive scenes and life lessons will be enjoyed by horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike, both young and old.

From her beginner riding lessons to her first horse ownership, Dagny learns that horses are both beautiful but challenging creatures. Although her hubby seems to adapt a little better. His job requires them to move across North America several times, and each move provides another search for happiness with horses.

And I love the cover!