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

Julia Hughes , M Walker
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Bridle Path is a short sweet fairy tale romance for us grown ups, set in the county of Cornwall:

Two years after being orphaned in a horrific car crash, twelve year old Sebby remains silent and zombie-like. His aunt and guardian Matilda hopes that a new home in the tranquillity of the Cornish countryside will help restore his health.

Sebby is quickly befriended by the precocious Winny, only child of a local farmer, Greg DeSilva. Not exactly a knight in shining armour, but Greg looks good on horseback; and even better in jodhpurs. Too bad he's already claimed by pretty, confident Mary-Jo.

As Sebby emerges from a self-imposed prison, Matilda also finds her voice; aware that she too has been drifting through life, content with "good enough" when she could be magnificent. From being afraid to say "Boo" to a goose, Matilda finally finds the strength to go after exactly what she wants on her terms.

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About the Author

I'm originally from London, a little place called Notting Hill, born when the world was the street where you lived. To give you an idea, only three people down our road actually owned a telephone and bath night was a weekly event. Until you've had a strip down wash at the kitchen sink, you don't know you're living!

Like Scout, I can't recall not being able to read, and the world of Narnia quickly became a favourite. In the closing pages of 'The Last Battle' C S Lewis tells his young audience "you cannot begin to imagine the adventures they had." (Or words to that effect). I took this as a personal challenge. While I could never hope to emulate Lewis's work, I've had fun trying. 

That's really how I think of myself, a reader who enjoys writing the sort of books I'd want to read. 
Even though I'm all grown up now, with two sons who grow a couple of inches every time my back's turned, there is still a child inside who wants to believe in magic and other worlds. Thankfully, these worlds do exist and we can visit them anytime we open a book, or fire up our kindles. 
Please come and visit me too, anytime at

Product Details

  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Talon; three edition (March 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QN7WQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, captivating and pychologically intricate! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridle Path 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
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bridle Path by Julia Hughes 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Sebby April 17, 2012
By Tina
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good September 8, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. Just a few mistakes and they didn't detract from the story. Like it was odd that Winny and Sebby showed no after effects trim their struggle in the surf. They were up and about the next day as though nothing had happened. I did like it and would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why I liked this booki August 13, 2013
By Maggie
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I love it because it kept my attention and I never wanted to put it down. I read this book in one day
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good... July 11, 2013
By Mrs. O
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The Bridle Path
I had trouble staying with this book. I enjoyed the storyline but it was so slow moving and the ending is to quick.
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Julia Hughes is the London born author of The Celtic Cousins' Adventures: "A Raucous Time", "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time" are all available on Amazon. Her two Griffin Riders' Chronicles are also available on Amazon: "The Griffin Cryer" and "The Griffin's Boy".

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