Book Review: The Mare

When 11 year old Velveteen “Velvet” Vargas joins the Fresh Air Fund, all she expects is a few weeks away from her Brooklyn home in the upstate New York countryside. What she doesn’t expect is the beginning of a new life and a new passion. Mary Gaitskill’s The Mare explores the lives of young Velvet,[…]

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Book Review: Kentucky Homes

I love a good coffee table book – who doesn’t? And I especially love ones about horses, home décor and design, and my beloved Kentucky. That makes Pieter Estersohn’s, Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country, an instant hit. I received this book as a Christmas gift and didn’t hesitate to plunge right[…]

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Book Review: A Portion for Foxes

I’m way behind with this review as I finished this one almost a year ago – yikes! A Portion for Foxes, by Jane McIlvaine McClary, was published in 1972, so there is definitely an ages-old feel to it, but that shouldn’t stop you for giving this one a chance. I learned of this book while[…]

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Book Review: The Fortune Hunter

Earlier this fall I finished Daisy Goodwin’s The Fortune Hunter, and enjoyed it. It takes place in the nineteenth century English countryside among royalty, foxhunters, and the well-to-do. If you were a fan of “Downton Abbey,” be sure to pick this one up! I would describe this novel as part romance and part historical fiction.[…]

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Book Review: Portrait of a Rider

I’d been looking for Vicky Moon’s coffee table book, The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onasis: Portrait of a Rider, for quite some time. It was always too expensive, but I was recently able to find one relatively cheap on ebay. (Others are now, finally, similarly priced on Amazon). Please believe me when I say[…]

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Book Review: Finding Daylight

I may be a 30-something, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some excellent young adult literature because, let’s face it, we’re all still young at heart, right? Over the Labor Day weekend, I jumped into Mara Dabrishus’ horseracing novel, Finding Daylight, and couldn’t put it down. Young jockey, Georgie Quinn, and fierce filly, Sweet[…]

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Book Review: The Essential Fergus

If you’re a horse person, then you’re familiar with Fergus, Jean Abernethy’s cartoon horse who embodies the “everyman’s horse” we’ve all known and loved. Fergus is silly, imperfect, and unpredictable, but he’s also adorable, charming, and a wonderful friend. The Essential Fergus takes a look at our favorite horse but also gives us a glimpse[…]

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Book Review: Horses & Homes

I love a good coffee table book, and Horses & Homes by Jenifer Jordan is just that. It was a very quick and easy read and provided some interesting insights to decorating your favorite indoor and outdoor spaces. I believe Jenifer took the photos herself, and they are lovely. However, I would have liked more[…]

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Book Review: In The Reins

I love a good equestrian romance with a hunky cowboy – who doesn’t? In The Reins, by new author Carly Kade, has it all: new beginnings, fun characters, beautiful horses, and plenty of enticing, steamy scenes at the stable! Devon Brooke, journalist and freelance writer, makes a break for it when she leaves her fiancé[…]

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Book Reviews: Eventing Series

I recently finished Pride by Natalie Keller Reinert, Book 2 in her Eventing Series. As I sat down to write this review, I realized that I never wrote my review on Book 1, Ambition. So, you are about to get two for the price of one! Ambition was published in 2014, and it’s here that[…]

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