Sunday, December 7, 2014

Share and Share Alike by Hannah Hooton

Share and Share Alike by Hannah Hooton is an exciting read. This 3rd book in the series is perfect for readers who love a mix of horses, romance and mystery.

Tessa buys into a syndicated racehorse and becomes involved with another member of the group. Throw in a bunch of colorful characters and a mystery, and this novel will have you turning the pages!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bramble and Maggie by Jessie Haas

Bramble and Maggie by Jessie Haas is the perfect young horse lover book!

Bramble is a pony at a riding school who gets tired of going round in circles while teaching lessons. So she's given up for adoption but it must be the right child. Maggie wants her first horse and she matches perfectly with Bramble.

As a riding instructor, I found this heart-warming story realistic and a fun read, sure to please youngsters wanting their own pony.

There are more books in the series. Visit the author's site at

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Easy Love by Heidi Furseth

Easy Love by Heidi Furseth is a well written coming of age story about a young girl trying to win the love of both her father and new horse. Both are temperamental and a challenge for Ann, but like any horse lover, she doesn't give up on her horse despite her father's negative attitude toward her passion.

Learn more about the author and her novel at

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Taking Flight by Sheena Wilkinson

Taking Flight by Sheena Wilkinson is a wonderful equine coming of age story set in a contemporary Belfast, Ireland.

Vicky and Declan are cousins but are complete opposites: she's a self-centered daughter of a rich man, while he comes from a harsh environment and tries to keep his addicted mother from self destructing. When she's forced to enter rehab, Declan must live with his aunt, Vicky's mother. The sparks fly between the the cousins with the only thing in common is their love for Flight, the show horse belonging to Vicky.

This well written novel is full of drama, realistic show and stable settings and characters the reader will care about from the first time they meet them.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Four Assorted Horse Books

The following books were not "my cup of tea" but other avid equine readers may enjoy. They were sent to me to review:

A Summer Break by Christopher Jessop is a coming of age story about a horse loving English girl on vacation in West Wales. It's not the holiday Sophy had planned, but the new setting provides her an adventure with horses. I found the vernacular, both in the dialog and exposition, hard to understand. I knew what a "bloke" and "lorry" were but not "heed your coxes" or "spinney" just to name a couple. I couldn't finish it.

Amazing Grays by Lynn Baber sounded like an introduction to the author's trilogy, and her memoir about God and her horses. Although running a horse farm always made me feel closer to God, this was too preachy for me.

Iron Shoes by  J. Kathleen Cheney is written like a historical fiction novel. From Amazon's book description:  "Imogen Hawkes is running out of time. She must come up with enough money to prevent the bank from foreclosing on her farm. All her hopes are pinned on her horse winning the Special Stakes." Sounds interesting, until I came to the scene where the new stallion turns into a human man and wants to bed her. I stopped reading it then.

Winning Odds Series, Soon to be a Movie by MaryAnn Myers is book four in the series about horse racing and what goes on behind the scene. Since I didn't read the first three, it didn't hold my interest as her other books. I was lost when the characters spoke about something that happened in the past - in a previous book. The ending was strange as well; I expected more. But, that may be because there will be a book five? The author is an excellent writer, however, so I suggest reading the first three books in the series first.