Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Chancey of the Maury River
Chancey of the Maury River by Gigi Amateau is pure delight! Written in the voice of the horse, the story reminds me of a contemporary Black Beauty tale.
Chancey, an Appaloosa by blood, is born an albino and therefore not accepted by man or beast. His stoic personality helps him persevere even after his dam dies when he's a youngster. He is trained and has his work at the stable until the owner's husband dies and the woman needs to sell everything. Alas, Chancey is not wanted due to his coloring and he left alone in a field to fend for himself.
Fortunately, a kind stable owner brings him to her stable and there Chancey bonds with a young girl named Claire; both need each other and heal each other. They become close friends as they train together, ride the trails and compete at horse shows.
When Chancey physically cannot jump any longer due to joint and blindness issues, he finds a second career as a therapy horse at the same stable, with Claire and her mother assisting in the program. Some of the riders' issue are apparent and others are invisible to the eye, but all benefit from the riding therapy.
Chancey is soon matched with a sick boy who, at first, does not want anything to do with horses. Claire soon convinces him to try riding Chancey and the three form a special bond.
The emotional scenes are well written and the point of view of the horse draws in the reader right away.
A "Must Read" for any horse lover!
For more about the author, visit http://gigiamateau.com/