Waiting on Wednesday–A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

One guess why I’m waiting for A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean…Yup, it has horses!  And magical adventures.  And a lot of fun, I hope!  In stores January 2014

 

From the author of A Dog Called Homeless, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, comes a gentle tale with a touch of magic about the power of friendship, the truth of belonging, and the most special of a hundred horses.

Nell is not happy about spending her school vacation with relatives she doesn’t know. Expecting nothing more than silly little cousins and boring farm life, she sneaks along a special suitcase that once belonged to her father. In it, she knows, are the parts of a music box and sixteen miniature painted horses, and she thinks maybe she can fit them all back together.

But the countryside has unexpected surprises. When a half-wild and mysterious girl named Angel steals Nell’s suitcase, the two girls are tied in an adventure of Angel’s devising. Nighttime meetings and a horse that might just be magical pique Nell’s curiosity, and soon she must put together the mystery of who Angel truly is, understand the legends about the herd of a hundred horses, and also discover something special about herself.

 

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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–July14th Edition

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I had kind of a boring week, so I’ll share some horses pix.  There was a show in Pennsylvania 4th of July weekend.  While most of the barn went, I decided to stay home.  Everyone did very well, and this show both Elle’s mom and dad showed, which hasn’t happened since I got her, so here are pix of them.  All pix by Terry Young.

 

This is DeeDee.  She shows in the Hunter division.  She is a fairly big mare, which is where Elle gets some of her size.  See all the puddles?  This is one of the only outside shows we are doing this year, and I didn’t want to show in the mud.  It always rains at this show.  So, yeah, I’m a wimp.  DeeDee won this class, BTW.

 

This is Giz and Sarah.  Gizmo is Elle’s daddy.  He shows in the Park division, both in harness and under saddle.

This is Gizmo and Sarah again, after winning the Park Saddle Championship.  There had been a torrential downpour just prior; look at the mud on his back legs.  So glad I ‘m not the one who had to clean him up!

Bonus photo – This is Steve and Elsa.  Steve is my favorite lesson horse.  Elsa is leasing him this summer to show in the English Pleasure division.

 

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New Arrivals at the Café:

Unexpected by Maisey Yates

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters by Diane Zahler

A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward

The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul by Jon F. Merz

King Hall by Scarlett Dawn

City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

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Interview with Maggie Gilbert, Author of Riding on Air

Please welcome Maggie Gilbert to the virtual offices today!  Maggie is celebrating the release of Riding on Air, a YA romance set in the world of competitive riding.  Yeah!  One look at the cover and I knew I wanted to ask Maggie some questions, and she graciously agreed to stop by for a chat.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Maggie Gilbert] Eclectic. And maybe heading for eccentric too :)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Riding on Air?

[Maggie Gilbert] It’s about a teenage girl with a horse she’s devoted to and a dream she’ll do almost anything to achieve, despite some fairly significant obstacles in her way. And then a gorgeous boy she’s always ached for comes along to complicate things even further. Horses, a gorgeous boy and romance – what more could you want?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Maggie Gilbert] I’d planned on writing some horse books aimed at younger readers but then I started thinking about what it’s like to be a teenage girl besotted with your horse but also crushing madly on a boy. With the characters, once I knew Melissa had JRA then who she is evolved out of her illness; there were things she just couldn’t do and this shaped everything about her. When it came to William, I wanted a boy worthy of her courage and determination, and he had to be sweet but also strong. He had to be someone who will do the right thing even if that is going to cost him. And he had to be totally gorgeous, of course.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Melissa?

[Maggie Gilbert] Resolute, self-contained, fervent

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If William had a theme song, what would it be?

[Maggie Gilbert] What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction. It sums up the way William sees Melissa, and how she makes his heart skip even though she has no idea. Not that he’d admit he’s ever even heard of that song Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Melissa is never without.

[Maggie Gilbert] Hope. She goes after her dreams even when it seems impossible.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in William’s pockets?

[Maggie Gilbert] Money, receipts, phone. He tends to leave everything in his ute, such a boy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Melissa’s greatest regret?

[Maggie Gilbert]  I can’t answer that without plot spoilers!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Maggie Gilbert] Stephen King would be the biggest influence. I read everything he writes and he is the master of making the ordinary interesting, and of developing utterly believable characters. And although on the surface his stories are about monsters, underneath he’s writing about themes that resonate for me, like love, loyalty, friendship and heroism. I think all the creative works you expose yourself to – art, photos, magazines, songs, movies, books, TV series – have an impact on what you write even if you don’t realise it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Maggie Gilbert] Coffee, laptop, time. Especially coffee – I can always make do with a pen and notebook Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Maggie Gilbert] Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Maggie Gilbert] Gosh, it’s hard to say – Mum taught me to read when I was three, so that’s a lot of books ago. An early book that sticks out though is Wild Pony by Lucy Rees. I’d read a lot of horsey books but that one blew me away. It stayed with me and I re-read it over the years.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Maggie Gilbert] It can vary depending on what the latest obsession is (gardening, learning cello, quilting). But there are some constants: I read as much as I can – sometimes when I really should be doing other things! I also like watching a movie or an episode of a favourite TV series. I love to run and I’m trying to get back into that. If I’m not inside at the laptop, there’s not much better than a sunny afternoon in the back yard with a good book and my dogs.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Maggie Gilbert] I have a website with blog and also newly established author pages on Goodreads and Amazon or you can find me on Twitter or Facebook. I’d love it for people to pop in and say ‘Hi’.

Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/MaggieGilbert

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/maggiegilbert

Twitter https://twitter.com/maggie_gilbert_

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/MaggieGilbert/617257878299778?ref=hl

Website/Blog www.maggiegilbert.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Riding on Air from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below:

About the book:

For readers of Jenny Downham, John Greene and Maureen McCarthy, a poignant young adult romance about following your dreams and realising what really matters.

What can you do when your own hands are the enemy? Hold on tight, for as long as it takes.

Melissa has secrets. Sure it’s pretty obvious she has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, but no one knows how bad it is or how many pills she takes for the pain. She’s determined to make her horse Jinx into a champion and she dreams that her childhood friend William will one day see her, rather than her condition.

So when William asks her out and Jinx is shortlisted for selection in an elite training program, it seems Melissa’s dreams have come true. But when her secrets are exposed, all those dreams come crashing down around her. Can William ever forgive her? And can she learn about letting go in time to truly ride on air when it matters most?

 

About the author:

Maggie Gilbert can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer, even when she was otherwise occupied. She’s been an executive editor, an equestrian journalist and worked with horses for the Modern Pentathlon event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Currently she’s an administration officer with an Agricultural Society by day and a writer of romantic stories by night—an ideal combination. She lives on a property in country NSW with her family and dogs.

Review: Riding on Air by Maggie Gilbert

 

Title:  Riding on Air

Author: Maggie Gilbert

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

For readers of Jenny Downham, John Greene and Maureen McCarthy, a poignant young adult romance about following your dreams and realising what really matters.

What can you do when your own hands are the enemy? Hold on tight, for as long as it takes.

Melissa has secrets. Sure it’s pretty obvious she has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, but no one knows how bad it is or how many pills she takes for the pain. She’s determined to make her horse Jinx into a champion and she dreams that her childhood friend William will one day see her, rather than her condition.

So when William asks her out and Jinx is shortlisted for selection in an elite training program, it seems Melissa’s dreams have come true. But when her secrets are exposed, all those dreams come crashing down around her. Can William ever forgive her? And can she learn about letting go in time to truly ride on air when it matters most?


Review:

One guess why I wanted to read Riding on Air.  Yup, it’s got a horse on the cover.  Riding plays a big, big part of the story, so if you find horses boring, you might have a problem feeling engaged in the plot.  That wasn’t a problem for me!  I immediately felt comfortable with Melissa, and I agonized with her as she stubbornly refuses to give up her one, true love – horseback riding.  Sounds kind of melodramatic, but Melissa’s fears and hopes rang so true for me.  I would be devastated if I had to give up my horses, so I could sympathize with her right away.

As I’m getting ready for the first horse show of the season (which starts on Wednesday), Melissa’s efforts to prepare her horse Jinx for an important dressage show were instantly relatable.  Melissa has one added challenge; she has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which makes her joints ache and her fingers burn with pain. I personally can’t imagine riding if my hands were that painful, because contrary to popular belief, you don’t just get on a horse and sit there.  You have to ride every stride.  You have to keep the horse between your hands and your seat, and your hands need to be light and responsive, ready to check the horse back with both your hands and your seat.  If your hands aren’t there for you, you won’t be there for your horse.  Melissa stubbornly refuses to ask for help with Jinx, because she wants to prove that she’s just as normal as anyone else, and because she’s fearful that her parents will forbid her from riding. 

As Melissa’s condition worsens, a bright spot does enter her life.  She’s had a crush on William, a friend of her brothers, forever, and when he asks her out, she is over the moon.  As their relationship begins to bloom, though, she is overcome with doubts. How can William like her, or find her attractive, when her hands are such an ugly mess.  She can’t see beyond her illness, and she believes that nobody else can, either. When she takes a bad fall from Jinx, William tries to make her understand how important she is to him by asking her to stop riding, at least until her fingers aren’t as painful.  In a panic, Melissa accuses him of trying to ruin her life, and of not understanding how important Jinx’s success is to her.  Ouch! As if she doesn’t have enough on her mind, now she’s heartbroken because her boyfriend doesn’t understand her.

I enjoyed Riding on Air a lot.  The horse scenes were authentic, and got me excited about going to a show myself.  Melissa’s struggles to overcome all of the challenges thrown her way were compelling, and kept me engaged in the story.  While I would have liked this book just because of the horsey stuff, what made it a fulfilling read is the personal growth Melissa undergoes.  She begins to re-examine her relationships, and realizes that maybe she’s not being fair to her friends and family.  While they want to help her, she thinks their concerns are stifling her.  It’s only after she’s able to let go of her fierce need for independence that she is finally able to ride on air. 

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher

The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–Maybe It’s Spring? Finally??

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

It’s finally starting to warm up around here, so I am optimistic that it will eventually be warm enough to be considered “spring.” Probably not until summer, but, oh, well.  Had a few hectic days this week.

My lease was up on my Jeep, so I got a new car.

This is a lease, too, and it was a little cheaper than my Jeep, so score! It’s a better vehicle, in my opinion, and it has SYNC and some other high tech stuff that I haven’t figured out yet.  I like that the car is lower to the ground, because it’s easier to get the puppies in and out of it.

This is Pixie.  I bought her last year, after realizing that Blondie, no matter how much I wanted her to be the horse for me, never would be.  She didn’t want to be a saddle horse, or a show horse, so I finally decided we would both be happier if she went somewhere that she didn’t have to work so hard.  Pixie is a 5 year old Morgan, and I don’t believe she’s been shown under saddle yet, so this year will be a learning experience for both of us.  She is still very green, but she’s honest and wants to please, and I am so happy with her.  More to follow.

Here is Poppy at Sonic.  Since it was so nice yesterday, I convinced Dean that we all needed to go to Sonic for some ice cream.  The puppies were a bit apprehensive at Sonic because with the warm weather there was a lot going on, but they were both so well behaved. 

There was a lot for Bumble to look at while we ate our ice cream at Sonic.  When we got home, they both crashed, exhausted from their outing.  LOL.  We’ll go to the Car Hop next time and get fried Oreos.

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New Arrivals at the Café:

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Coyote Winds by Helen Sedwick (Thank you, Helen!)

Getting Real by Ainslie Paton

Riding on Air by Maggie Gilbert

Bitter Seeds (Milkweed) by Ian Tregillis (2.99!!)

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Once a Bad Girl by Jane O’Reilly

The Last Gladiatrix by Eva Scott

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Review: Taming the Brooding Cattleman by Marion Lennox

 

Title: Taming the Brooding Cattleman

Author: Marion Lennox

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Alexandra Patterson swaps city chic for the dusty outback when she arrives at Werrara Stud Ranch. As the new vet, she may be more used to pampered puppies than prized stallions, but Alex is determined to show that she can cut it.…

Brooding rancher Jack Connor is in for a shock—the women in his life have only ever caused him pain and anguish…and Alexandra was supposed to be Alexander. Instead, the person before him is a petite blonde with a pink suitcase and is distractingly, infuriatingly attractive!


Review:

My Larkville Legacy reading journey continues!  This time, we find ourselves in Australia, on a horse farm.  Alex Patterson is a large animal vet, and she wants nothing more than to work at a large horse breeding operation, but the big names in the US will barely give her the time of day because of her lack of experience.  When her father uses his connections to land her a job in the Outback for six months, she is overjoyed.  She’ll be earning some practical experience, so she will have something to put on her resume.  She isn’t even bothered by the knowledge that she will also have to pitch in as a farm hand.  She is hard-working and determined, and she will do whatever is asked of her.  Did I mention that there are horses?

I found the premise a little hard to swallow, but quickly set that aside.  Perhaps Jack could be confused and think that Alex was a guy.  Perhaps Alex’s father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, could have either misled him or truly been confused about his child’s gender.  Perhaps Jack would be adamantly against hiring a woman, given the primitive conditions.  Jack inherited the horse breeding operation from his grandfather, a harsh man he grew to despise, and he hasn’t been back to the farm in years.  He was too busy trying to take care of his younger sister, who suffered from deep and overwhelming depression.  After her death, he left the big city to get away from any possibility of human entanglement.  At the ranch, he is dismayed to see how run down it has become.  The overseer was stealing from him, the house is in ruins, and entire place needs a ton of TLC.  At least the horses were well cared for, but this is obviously no place for a woman.

When Jack is confronted with Alex for the first time, he rails against her for lying about her gender.  Quick to take the defensive, she argues that she never said she was a man.  When Jack tells her that her father pitched the skills of his “son” Alex is aghast.  Then she’s infuriated.  What difference does it make, whether she’s a woman or a man?  All she wants is the opportunity to prove herself.  While I had a few issues buying into the idea of Alex’s mistaken gender, I did like Alex and how she quickly put Jack in his place.  I loved how she pushed him out of his comfort zone for the entire book.  He’s cold and determined to stay detached from his feelings.  Alex isn’t about to let him do that.  Even if it means overcoming her distaste for the scary outhouse behind the house.  The plumbing in the house needs serious attention, and for someone used to much more luxurious surroundings, the lack of indoor plumbing is almost a deal breaker.  More so than Jack’s unwelcoming attitude.  After recently suffering from a lack of running water when our well went out, I could completely sympathize with Alex.  No flush toilet would be more of a challenge than a rude, dismissive employer for me, too!

Alex quickly proves that she is worth her weight in gold by saving a mare and her foal.  Alex shows Jack that she is a competent vet, and against his better judgment, he agrees that she can stay the six months.  He will even have the plumbing repaired.  Yay!  I thought, the question of her worth was quickly answered.  But then the demons in Jack’s past pop up, challenging him with every encounter with Alex.  She dares him to care for the unhappy boy who lives with his step-mom on Jack’s land.  She dares him to re-establish emotional bonds with the people around him.  Like a skittish colt, he constantly pushes back, unwilling to be hurt again.  I found Alex’s willingness to put her own heart on the line admirable, and I grew impatient with Jack.  For every attempted outreach she made, he stubbornly rejected her.  He’s not nice about it, either, but Alex takes his rejections in stride and never gives up on him.  Bravo!

While certain aspects of the story did not work for me, I found the characters so engaging that I overlooked my skepticism.  I wonder what is next for the Larkville Legacy crew?

Be sure to read my interview with Marion Lennox here.

Grade: B

Review copy purchased from Amazon

Review: Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek

 

 

Title:  Three River Ranch

Author: Roxanne Snopek

Publisher: Entangled – Bliss

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion. Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience. But he soon realizes Rory, and everything she represents, might just be exactly what he needs. Sometimes love arrives on your doorstep when you least expect it…

Review:

Ah!  A series romance with mustangs!  How could I resist? Especially when Three River Ranch is a launch title for Entangled Publishing’s new Bliss line.  I was most eager to start reading this one! 

This is a nice introduction to the Bliss line.  The story moves along at a rapid clip, and it reminded me of a Harlequin Romance.  Just enough angst to propel the plot forward and softer sex scenes.  A feisty heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and a slightly socially awkward hero to challenge her resolve to not get involved with men. I am not a big fan of baby books, so I wasn’t totally charmed to learn that Rory is pregnant, but her situation made her character more interesting.  After being dumped by her two-timing fiancé, she is left to fend for herself, pregnant and jobless.  When she rents a house on a ranch, she thinks her prayers have been answered.  She’ll take a little time for herself, have her baby in a less stressful setting, and then make a life for herself and her child, all by herself.  Men are heartless jerks and she’s better off without one.

It is with a great deal of dismay that Rory first sets eyes on her new home.  The place is a complete dump, and it’s not fit for her to live in.  Then she discovers that she actually rented the other dwelling on the property, which has been kept up since the death of the ranch’s owner, but that his estranged son, Carson, is back in town and he intends to living in the house.  Oops! Perfect set up for lots of conflict between the protagonists.  Like Rory, Carson wants nothing to do with a relationship.  Women are too much trouble, and he has to focus his energy on his dream of establishing a mustang sanctuary.  He doesn’t have the time or the money to waste on women.  Well, except for that stupid clause in his father’s will.  If Carson wants to inherit the ranch, which he desperately need for his horses, he has to get married.  Pronto.  So maybe Carson and Rory can work out a mutually beneficial arrangement what will get them both what they want.  The land for Carson, and financial security for Rory.

I liked how large a part the animals played in the story.  Rory has a service dog, and because of a heartbreaking event in her past, she wants to help families with children with disabilities obtain service animals, because she is firmly convinced that they make an impact on the lives of those families.  Carson has rescued a pregnant mustang from certain death, and he is determined to nurse her back to health so she will be strong enough to deliver a healthy foal.  The animals interacted with each other, which guaranteed that I remained engaged in the plot.  Whenever an animal was part of a scene, the story rocked for me.  When they weren’t, things got a little bogged down.  Why?  Because Carson could be a jerk.  I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for him when he was acting like a spoiled child.  He took his frustrations out on Rory, and if I were her, I would be running as far away from him as I could get.  When even his best friend had to tell him he was a thoughtless douchebag, one had to wonder at how quickly he could turn over a new leaf.  Carson constantly shifted blame for his bad behavior to his emotionally distant and demanding father.  I wanted him to take ownership of himself and his actions, and it just took too long for his light blub moment.

Overall, I did enjoy Three River Ranch, with the reservations mentioned.   This is the first Bliss title that I have read, and I am looking forward to sampling more of them.

Grade:  B-

Review copy provided by publisher

Deals for Your Kindle-Get Up and Ride ‘em!

It’s amazing how one, harmless Amazon query uncovers a load of books to add to my wish list.  I love horse stories – I don’t think I will ever grow out of them. Here is an assortment of horse books for all reading levels, all priced under 5 bucks.

 

Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana- $2.99 MG

Series: Timber Ridge Riders–Book One
Ages: 9-12
A valuable show jumper is dead, and it’s all her fault . . . which is why 14-year-old Kate McGregor has put horses and riding out of her life. Forever!
But her new summer job as a companion to Holly Chapman, a former riding star who’s now confined to a wheelchair, takes Kate back to the barn–the last place she wants to be. Can Kate keep her terrible secret from Holly, who is fast becoming her best friend? More important, can she keep her secret from Angela Dean who lives for only two things–winning ribbons and causing trouble? 
Then a riding accident forces Kate’s secret into the open … and it’s just the moment Angela has been waiting for.

 

 

The A Circuit by CATHERINE HAPKA & GEORGINA BLOOMBERG – $1.99 – YA (I really liked this one!)

The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse showing. It’s a world with its own rules and super-privileged lifestyles. Teens employ private tutors so they can travel the circuit all year showing horses that cost as much as some people’s homes.
Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has been paid for with hours of cleaning stalls. She’s used to the grueling schedule, but Fitz, the barn’s resident hot guy, is about to become a major distraction. And then there’s Zara. She’s the wild child of a famous rockstar, but she’s ready to take riding seriously. Can a party girl really change her ways?
Readers who enjoy peeking into the elite world of series of Gossip Girl or The A-List will feel right at home in this new series with its friendships, drama, and privilege set against a backdrop of competitive horseback riding.

 

 

 

Ribbon Chasers by Becky Rodgers Boyette – .99 MG

Jenny Rogers enters the show ring with one goal, to beat spoiled Laci Miller and her pampered gelding, Blue. Armed with her fabulous new horse, Dancer, Jenny thinks she’s willing to do anything to bring home the championship. But when she sees how dirty some competitors are willing to play, how far will she go to win the prize? Find out as Jenny joins the ranks of the Ribbon Chasers.

 

 

Hearts Over Fences by Toni Leland – $3.99  – 18+

Romance is the last thing on equestrienne Bethany Webb’s mind as she gazes across the lush green fields of Highover Gate, her prestigious world-class training facility – the dream of a lifetime. Before the day is over, Beth’s future is snatched right out from under her in one wet, terrifying instant.
Ambitious and handsome Brett Hall’s only objective is to unseat the national champion in Three Day Eventing. As Hall steadily gains on his goal, a chink in his armor allows his heart to peek out – a weakness that seriously undermines his focus.
Hearts Over Fences glows against the backdrop of Olympic-level equestrian sport – a world filled with drama and excitement – and a large measure of ambition.


Pony Club Rivals: Showjumpers by Stacy Gregg – $4.74  – This is the 2nd book in the series

 

The stakes are raised in the second book of this glamorous horse riding series set in the USA – winner takes all as the rivals compete for the showjumping cup! Don’t miss the latest instalment of pony adventures from the author of the UK’s bestselling pony series ‘Pony Club Secrets’.

Georgie has secured her place at Blainford Academy for now, but knowing who to trust is tough when you’re all competing against each other. Some new-found friendships might already be close to breaking point as competition heats up in the showjumping arena.

Is cute boy James about to become an ally or is his scheming sister Kennedy going to wreck Georgie’s dreams?
And can she really trust her rivals? Find out in the exciting second term!