Title: My Favorite Mistake
Author: Georgina Bloomberg & Catherine Hapka
May Contain Spoilers
Tommi, Zara, and Kate are all elite riders on the A Circuit. Tommi, the billionaire heiress, is training a young horse to prove she can make horses a real career. But when her new beau, Alex, convinces her to skip a horse show to party in the Hamptons, the results could be disastrous. Zara, the celebutante wild child, is finally taking her riding seriously. Until the new "nanny" her dad hires threatens to upstage Zara’s party girl status. Then there’s Kate. She doesn’t have money to burn like the others, but she does have Fitz, the barn’s resident hot guy. But when the pressure of being a working student builds, Kate’s perfectionist tendencies threaten to get in the way of her relationship and her riding.
Readers who are growing out of the Canterwood Crest series or searching for an A-list fix have found just what they’re looking for in the A Circuit series.
If you have been following the blog, you know that it’s no secret that I love horses and books about horses. When I first saw the A Circuit, I was so excited to read it that I almost expired from heart palpations. Seriously! There are so few books around that offer an accurate view of horse shows and owning horses that I was instantly curious to see where this book fell. Would it feel authentic? Yup. it did, so I was eager to read the next book in the series, My Favorite Mistake.
I wasn’t as charmed this time around, because I have a hard time relating to the wealthy protagonists. While I feel right at home with Kate, and could emphasize with her financial struggle to compete in the horse show world, her fellow barn buddies did not endear themselves to me. Tommi, at least, didn’t grate on my nerves like Zara did, and I even appreciated her internal struggle when she receives an offer on her project horse, Legs. An aggressive rider from another barn wants to purchase him, but Tommi has serious reservations about his continued health and happiness if she sells him to her. This concern for her horse’s welfare totally redeemed her in my eyes. When she started flaking out and putting her new boyfriend ahead of her dreams and ambitions for the future, I got annoyed with her, because she never seemed to be the wishy-washy type. She didn’t seem to be the kind of girl to put a boy ahead of the goals she has been striving to conquer, and I did feel let down by her sudden change of personality. The internal conflict about Legs did win her lots of brownie points, though.
Zara is just an annoying, selfish brat. Both of her parents are celebrities, and they are both busy advancing their careers and are often not home. Zara feels that she is not at the top of their priority lists, and she acts out to get their attention. She comes across as self-centered and unlikable, though she occasionally manages to pull through and actually think about somebody else. Everything is handed to her on a silver platter, including her awesome horses. She doesn’t appreciate anything she has, and she goes out of her way to annoy her father. Too bad he doesn’t pay any attention to her, which makes her act out even more. I don’t feel that her character is developing much, and I think that is why she is my least favorite of the three very different protagonists of this series.
Kate is having some issues this time around. I was so disappointed with her by the end of the book, because so much of what is troubling her could be easily solved if she would just open up and confide to her friends. Kate is anal, bordering on OCD, and she is starting to really harm herself as she continues to push herself at the barn and at shows, finding little time to take care of herself or even eat. She puts so much pressure on herself to be the best at everything, and in the process, she is compromising her health. What made this so frustrating is that she has some wonderful friends who have the means to help her. They genuinely like her and want what’s best for her, but with all of the barn drama, they don’t notice that she is suffering. Even boyfriend Fitz is too caught up in himself to consider that Kate might be having some serious issues, even after seeing the evidence first hand.
Even though this installment of the series didn’t hit all of the right notes for me, I still enjoyed it and the view into the competitive world of showing hunter/jumpers. It isn’t much different from the Morgan circuit – everyone is out to have the class of a lifetime and win. While we don’t have half as much money, or nearly as much drama at our barn, we still manage to have just as much fun.
Review copy provided by publisher