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Horses Of The Sun (The Outback Riders Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 99 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: The Outback Riders (Book 1)

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About the Author

Author Leanne Owens is well qualified to write about the outback, horses and children. In the early 1980s, Leanne moved to the Muttaburra region near Longreach in outback Queensland after finishing university. There, she trained horses, helped her husband manage his family's sheep and cattle property and did freelance writing for horse magazines. After leaving the outback, Leanne completed a Masters in Education and taught English and History at high school. She established the renowned horse stud Horses Of Gold and, with her husband and daughter, campaigned their horses around the country winning over thirty national titles. A well known and respected identity in the horse industry in Australia, Leanne continues to write for horse magazines, teach part time at high school, compete with her horses at national level and has even worked on a horse themed television series.

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  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006DRR020
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Leanne Owens is an Australian writer who is also an English teacher with a Masters in Education. She has written for horse magazines for over thirty years and has also worked on a horse based tv series. Her school years were spent in Victoria and then she made her home in Queensland, first in the far outback where she met her husband and helped run his 36,000 acre sheep and cattle property, and then in the beautiful Lockyer Valley region where they raised their three children. Leanne is a well known and respected identity in the Australian horse world, having won over 30 national titles with her horses, including the famous Quarter Horse stallions Days Of Gold and Nights Of Gold (you can google them!) and also being responsible for running, on a volunteer basis, some of the premier horse shows in the country.

Leanne says she has procrastinated for over 35 years about completing all the novels in her head and it was the realisation that when she dies, the people and animals in her novels will die, too, unless she gets them into print where they can continue to live without her. It was her love of these fictional characters that finally forced her to give them the chance they deserve: to live on forever, for as long as words can live, they will give life to them (with apologies to Shakespeare).

Starting with things she knows best, children, horses and the outback, Leanne's series Outback Riders kicks off with the first book, Horses Of The Sun.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Warfield on June 13, 2012
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I've always loved horses and good horse stories, and this is one of the finest of its kind I've read in years. "Horses of the Sun" might be labeled for Young Adults, but this book is for everyone everywhere, even if horses aren't your favorite thing. It is written with such good examples of how family members show and maintain their love for one another through the best of times and the worst of times, and shows excellent examples of how to treat people and how to treat animals, always with kindness and patience.

When cranky,snobbish, city dweller cousin Amy comes to Sunhaven Downs, her aunt's, uncle's and cousins' cattle station in the outback of Australia, she is very unhappy and can only be nasty to her relatives who have taken her in for the year that her mother and step-father are on an archeological dig in Turkey. The Winter kids, Lani, Dane and Matthew center their lives around horses, and for their ages, they are fairly accomplished riders and compete every year right before school starts. Amy claims that she hates horses, they smell bad and she wants nothing to do with them. For all the fussing that Amy does, her Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Geoff remain patient and positive with her while the cousins are exasperated. They do try to engage her in their usual summer activities such as swimming, but Amy says that she is only used to swimming in nice chlorinated swimming pools, not in the creek or her cousins' favorite swimming hole.

Like the other reviewers, I couldn't stop reading this once I started it. The characters are so likeable and the family as a whole that I just wanted to slip into it as another long-lost cousin or auntie. It is written with compassion and a message for living life to the fullest. I'm very anxious to read the next in this series. There is a lot to learn about Australia, determination, kindness and horseback riding.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reb Brooks on April 30, 2012
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This is a superbly written story about the Australian outback, horses and riders. I loved it (and I am in my 20's!) and will definitely be giving this book to my nieces and nephews.
Horses Of The Sun should be in bookstores - I would have loved to have had something like this to read growing up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kikuyujen on January 24, 2012
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I totally enjoyed this novel & will be reading any other books by L Owens she has me hooked now. What a great Aussie story about my passion horses & family. I have always loved Days of Gold but after reading this novel I can imagine a whole new generation of riders wanting their own Days foals. The charters where great & I did not put it down all day & am now late to feed my own horses so better getting moving. Thanks for a heart warming horsie read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jody A. Brittain on June 27, 2012
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A page turner of a book! Could not put it down. Wonderfully well written and a very heart warming story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally on May 2, 2012
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In Australia, Leanne Owen's magnificent palomino, cremello, perlino, champagne and silver horses at her Horses of Gold farm are legend. One of her stallions, Days of Gold, is the highest awarded Cremello or Perlino Stallion in the World. You can imagine my excitement when I found out she had written a novel about horses.
As a teenager I read every horse book I could get my hands on and this wonderful book is equal to or better than any of my favourites. Horses of the Sun would suit any aged reader and would make the most amazing gift.
I could gush about this book for ages as I absolutely loved it. Needless to say, I highly recommend it. It's a wonderful and touching story of friendship, family, outback life and legend, and of course, horses. I'm sure it will become a movie. Aussies will love it, and international readers will be entranced by the true-to-life account of everyday life in the Australian outback. I required a box of tissues for a couple of reasons, one of which was that the mystery thing that happened to Amy (I won't give away any spoilers) also happened to me. This is a wonderfully written book as would be expected given that the author has a Masters Degree in Education. The Kindle formatting is also exceptional.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luna on March 5, 2012
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I read this story prior to reading it to my 6 and 8 year olds - and couldn't put it down. A ripping great read that will have people Googling "Min Min Lights" before dusting their saddles off, even if only in their imaginations. I have a feeling that this series, these characters and their adventures will grab a rightful place in Aussie literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sooz on February 24, 2012
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This is a great story about life in the Aussie outback. True to life and well written characters, with an easy to read, flowing style. Highly recommended for anyone - even if you're not a horse person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss S on February 15, 2012
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WOW! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! I was fighting my mum for the first read of it, and when I'd finished with it, she couldn't put it down either! I've even re-read this book several times and it's just as good as when I first read it. It's really well written, I could hear every creak of this tin roof, smell the scent of rain on hot ground, see the horses having a hoon and feel the closeness of the family.

It's a really great horsy book and I'm going to be reading it for a long time yet.
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