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!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Equine Fantasy

The Roar of Smoke by Candace Carrabus is a newly released unique novel. Fantasy and horse lovers alike will enjoy this descriptive tale of a magical girl and her passion for horses. Tressida begins to learn about her powers when her village is attacked and she’s told to flee by her grandmother, who had shared family secrets with her all during her childhood. While escaping, those words of wisdom come back to Tressida (often called Sida) and magical things happen that help her survive. But there are evil people that want her powers, and will do anything to get them. Sida must learn how to master the new skills to overcome her obstacles.

While horses are not the main focus of the story, Tressida loves horses although they have not been around for a long time. She reads about them in an old book and dreams of riding and caring for them someday. Horses are brought into battle by other good men trying to defeat the evil ones. Eventually, Sida gets a horse of her own.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Chronicles of the $700 Pony

The Chronicles of the $700 Pony by Ellen Broadhurst had me laughing out loud at times!

This equine memoir is one of the best written ones I've read, with detailed show scenes and humorous internal dialog. The author didn't just buy a pony for herself to ride, but a green-broke, chestnut mare. With dreams of showing it the next year. Her experiences from housing it, to training to showing low level dressage and eventing will have you rooting for her and cheering at the end.

Great for non-horse and horse lovers alike, of all ages.