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The Bridle Path (Country Lovers Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition

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I'm originally from London, a little place called Notting Hill, born when the world was the street where you lived. our kindles. 
Please come and visit me, anytime at JuliaHughes.co.uk.

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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Talon; three edition (March 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QN7WQY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Hughes (that's me!) is the London born author of The Celtic Cousins' Adventures: "A Raucous Time", "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time"; The Griffin Riders' Chronicles: "The Griffin Cryer" and "The Griffin's Boy", and on its own (so far!) "The Bridle Path".

Being Indie means having the freedom to explore different genres; "The Bridle Path" is a romance set in Cornwall ... "The Griffin Cryer" is an urban fantasy; life's more fun when you mix it up a little!
Personally, I enjoy adventure stories with a little suspense, featuring original characters, unexpected yet logical twists, friendship that sometimes deepens into romance, and most important, a satisfactory conclusion - because us readers deserve a happy ending!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dodester on September 23, 2012
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`Delightful, captivating and psychologically intricate'

THE BRIDLE PATH is a deeply moving and insightful novella that touches on the themes of love, relationships, boundaries, jealousy and greed. The story takes a reader into the deepest heart of motherhood; the weight of a revelation that Matilda, as mother to Sebby, came to understand. "Her stomach cramped and she realized that for as long as she lived, her happiness was dependent upon his safety." Most poignant, however, are the subtle revelations of a greater gift in this story: the infusion of resilience that leads a woman towards the affirmation of herself as a person.
The subtleties and nuances of thought and responses when a character is in transition is not an easy one to portray. Although enjoying the author's usual descriptive flair for taking me along on a new journey, a tingle of heightened expectation began when I read Matilda's thought near the end of chapter 1, "What is it with men. Do they ever grow up?" Up until that point, `Tilly' was just a 35-year old mostly meek and timid woman seemingly under the control of a brash, demanding husband-to-be named Jude. The subtleties in their relationship relative to both having joint custody of Seddy, a trust-rich, 13 year old traumatized nephew, are poignantly revealed as the story unfolds.
Ms. Hughes skillfully scripts entertaining scenes that occur between Matilda and a zesty supporting cast of characters. Most profound is the author's well-integrated use of these characters' dialogues and roles as conduits for revelations of Tilly's journey towards womanhood.
Vivid, picturesque scenes take place on a bridle path that goes through a section of Matilda's property and thus, serves as a point of intersection for the characters in the story. THE BRIDLE PATH is a rich, intense novella that is delightful, captivating and psychologically intricate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerri Bowen on October 5, 2012
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A lovely contemporary story about, among other things, love, family and personal growth. Many transformations take place, and the author takes the reader right along. Set in Cornwall, the author describes it so well you'd think you were there. Adults, pre-teen and teens are very well written, not predictable. An interesting story and I was sorry to have to leave the characters behind. I highly recommend The Bridle Path.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Bywater on September 11, 2012
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Matilda Pendance is hoping that moving from London to Cornwall will be a great help and a new start to a new life for her twelve year old nephew Sebby. After a family tragedy two years ago Matilda is now Sebby's legal guardian and she wants to do all she can to help him over come the tragedy.

They meet their new neighbours Mary-Jo and Greg on a bridle path that runs through their land. Greg is quite standoffish with Matilda at first, but when he gives Sebby a pony to look after they become friends. Matilda is about to embark on a journey of self-discovery and awakening that will hopefully changed her and Sebby's lives for the better.

This is a book that can easily be read in one sitting. A touching story, all about coming to terms with tragedy and moving forward with life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Plunkett on August 9, 2012
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Julia Hughes has become one of my favourite authors after reading two of her books from The Celtic Cousins' Adventures `A Ripple in Time' and `An Explosive Time'.
The Bridle Path follows the heroine of story, Matilda, on a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to settle in a countryside home with her newly adopted son Sebby, who is deeply troubled by his parents' recent deaths. Matilda encounters the handsome, yet guarded Greg, the immaculate Mary-Jo and self-centred Jude in this story of love, deceit, friendship and trust.
The characters personalities are so well described and developed in this book and I particularly liked the relationship between Sebby and Matilda. With its beautiful rural setting and horses aplenty this book is a breath of fresh air written by an expert storyteller.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tina on April 17, 2012
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The cover might lead one into thinking this is an historical story, but it is not, except that the bridle path has been open to travelers for aeons of time. But this is a contemporary short about a young boy recovering from the loss of his parents and sister, helped by his dad's sister, Matilda. We find out there is a reason Sebby's (short for Sebastian) recovery has been so slow. I really liked Sebby and enjoyed his development, along with his friendship with Winny. A very original young lady. I would like to have seen a little more development between Matilda and her love interest. It just seemed that his previous relationship was over and bam. But I did enjoy the story.
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The Bridal Path by Julia Hughes is a 2012 Talon publication.

This is a very unique short story that spotlights a cast of characters all in different phases and stages of life, learning to cope with a new reality, change, relationships and love.

I have to say all the these characters were colorful, some nice, some not, but all interesting in their own way. Matilda is a big of a late bloomer, I think. She was married to a controlling man, when she suddenly becomes the guardian of her pre-teen nephew. This traumatized boy becomes the center of Matilda's life and she brings this delightful, smart and very sensitive boy out of his shell as they start a new life together.

When Matilda moves into a new area, she is told under no uncertain terms how people in the community feel about her after the bridal path was closed, something Matilda was not aware of. This is how she comes to know Greg, a local farmer who is most outspoken on the subject. The two may have gotten off on a wrong foot, but it's not long before they become the best of friends.

While this book is very short and there are many characters to keep up with, the story never becomes too busy or disorganized. It's a really sweet story, if a touch quirky, but that was part of it's charm. There were some lighthearted moments, some suspenseful situations involving the children and their mischief, some plot twist, and a bit of an unconventional love story. Overall this a quick, easy, and enjoyable short story. 3.5 stars
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