Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Adventures of Pedro by I Lancaster

The Adventures of Pedro by I Lancaster is about a clever donkey who is determined to have a better life on a tourist filled island. When he learns how to untie knots and open barn latches, he decides to run away after a confrontation with a mean tourist. His Mum urges him to go and he soon meets up with a sweet girl who is visiting her grandfather. His adventures are amazing and the characters - both human and equine - are unforgettable! The setting is unique and written with lots of details. Middle grade horse lovers will love this story!

I received a copy for an honest review.

At my stable many years ago, I had a couple of equine escape artists so I know this is a believable story! Although my ponies didn't escaped to avoid cruelty; they just wanted the greener grass on the other side of the fence!

Mary's Song by Susan Count

Mary's Song by Susan Count is an inspirational horse story with appealing characters, a historical setting of the 1950's and a wonderful ending. Mary, a crippled 12 year old, and her new friend, Laura, are determined to save a foal destined to be put down due to her lameness.

Although the ending was predictable, the creative ways the girls found to save the foal showed the reader that dreams can come true if one never gives up.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Motherhood: Lost & Found by Ann Campanella

 Motherhood: Lost & Found by Ann Campanella is a memoir about a woman who courageously and optimistically moves forward in her life despite many obstacles: miscarriage after miscarriage; declining health of her parents; an absentee husband; and lack of time for her equine lifestyle. It is her horse that keeps her grounded and focused on the future, and provides the unconditional love she yearns for.

This is a sad book but worth reading to the inspirational ending.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sweetbriars, Leaving The City by Hollie Marsh

Sweetbriars, Leaving The City by Hollie Marsh is a delightful story about a young horse lover in England. 
Cate and her family move their horses to the country where Cate has to make new friends at a new school, be taught by a new instructor and join a new Pony Club. Although overwhelming at first, she learns to adapt and progress in her riding. A coming-of-age story with lovely equine details.

Learn more about the author and her book at her website:

Monday, May 28, 2018

Flying Change by GG Collins

Flying Change by GG Collins is a young adult novel about a teenage girl named Molly that has a passion for horses. Her father is reluctant about her riding, and later she finds out why. She's determined and willing to work at the stable for her lessons. Molly has more obstacles than her aching body after the hard work of mucking stalls etc, including a jealous rider and a sister in trouble. In the end, she learns life lessons as well as how to stay on the horse while it jumps.

Well written and a lovely ending.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Deck the Stalls

Deck the Stalls is a collection of short stories by a variety of equine authors. I don't think they are true stories but probably inspired by life lessons at the stable. There is no doubt to me that horses teach us as much as we teach them. This collection seems to agree, and I loved the holiday touch in each.