Monday, July 7, 2014

Ambition by Natalie Keller Reinert




Ambition by Natalie Keller Reinert describes a young woman's passion to achieve her goal despite the many obstacles she encounters.

Jules Thornton is a horse trainer in Ocala, FL with the focus on Three Phase Eventing. She works hard and tries to to run her business alone with the help of working students. When a new trainer shows up name Peter Morrison, she tries to prove her abilities but in the end, after a hurricane hits the area, Jules realizes she can't do it all alone.

Great descriptions of the sport, setting and characters, but not for young readers due to some adult language and scenes.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Legend of Baelfire: 2 Story & Coloring Books




The Legend of Baelfire: Book 1 The Legend Begins and Book 2 Merlin's Keep by Kerry Kelly are excellent stories and the artwork is not only delightful, but also the youngsters are encouraged to color the pages in the spiral book! 

Along the line of Black Beauty, a Welsh colt named Baelfire tells about his life and his adventures. From his birth, a young reader is transferred into the exciting life of a young horse. We meet his parents, his herd friends and fall in love with Baelfire. He meets enemies and makes new friends as his curiosity causes him to explore beyond the herd. 

Sure to be a hit for young horse lovers!

Find on Amazon or at the author's site:  http://www.thesteedandpalfrey.com/


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Ride to Jubilee by Ellen G Adler


The Ride to Jubilee by Ellen Gibson-Adler features the young life of an army brat, Nelle, who tries to cope with the family moves from Tokyo to Alaska to Texas and finally Louisiana. Her love of horses and nature provide an outlet while she adjusts to new schools, emotional pitfalls and dysfunctional parents. While in Texas during high school, she is guided by her grandfather and befriends a local farm boy. With her small circle of geeky friends and a kindly teacher, Nelle learns that she can make a positive difference in the community.

The author provides a different and interesting plot, a protagonist who the reader roots for and realistic dialog especially Nelle's internal thoughts. A great read for young and old!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On the Buckle by Candace Carrabus


Very few books make me laugh out loud, but On the Buckle by Candace Carrabus did just that. Although some parts were very unrealistic - the whole story takes place in about a week, and kittens were born and playing in that time - the author creates a believable equine setting with the main character, Vi, as a true horse lover.

She begins a job as barn manager and, unlike her previous ones, she must stay on at least a year in order to have access to her trust fund. She brings along her horse, dog and lots of baggage in the way of bad memories. Top it off with a really bad first day that includes kicks from horses and the owner in a kilt.

I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but the plot intrigued me when a dead body is found in a strange place. Oh, and the scenes involving whipped cream!

I don't think the story needed the foul language or explicit sex scenes, which I skipped, but the author makes the reader want to know how Vi is going to handle all her bad choices.

For more about the author and her books visit http://candacecarrabus.com/