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

Leanne Owens
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Book Description

A wonderful adventure story for children set in the outback of Australia. Also suitable for adults who like an inspiring story about the outback, horses and children achieving their dreams. Beautifully written by an English teacher/ journalist who lived in the outback for many years.
Sunhaven Downs, a drought ravaged cattle station in outback Australia, is the home to Dane, Lani and Matthew Winter, three young outback riders whose lives centre around their horses. When their city cousin, Amy King, is left there for a year and declares that she hates horses, they know their lives are ruined. What they don't know is that Amy has a secret - a secret she is desperate to keep from her outback family, something that will ultimately save their lives – but not all of them - on the night the drought breaks.
This is the first book in The Outback Riders series which follows the lives of these four children and their friends as they grow up in the outback with their horses and, ultimately, represent their country in their chosen horse sports (eventing, polocrosse, jumping, reining, cutting). It is approximately 36,000 words or just under 100 print pages and, as the introduction to the series, is the shortest of the books.

Book Two, "Horses Of The Light" is now available and is 70,000 words and filled with excitement, adventure, some sadness and the start of a life-long romance.

Author, Leanne Owens, is an English teacher with a Masters in Education and she been writing for horse magazines on and off for over thirty years. She lived in the outback for many years and currently owns and operates the Horses Of Gold Stud in Queensland with the famous Quarter Horse stallions, Days Of Gold and Nights Of Gold.


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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: 201 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467987344
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006DRR020
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses of the Sun - Fantastic Aussie story March 5, 2012
By Luna
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! February 24, 2012
By Sooz
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! February 15, 2012
By Miss S
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it February 5, 2012
By KateM
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I really loved this book. A realistic, enthralling story of the outback with believable, likeable characters.

I'm much older than the target audience but can recommend it highly for any reader from 9 to 99, particularly those who love horses.

I'm looking forward to the sequel
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short novel.
Amazing story about love, family and grief brought together in a valuable lesson. Exciting short novel that is almost believable and touching. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Courageous
This was a charming and quick read about a family that loves horses and the city cousin that comes for a stay. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this and recommend to YA
Good story. The characters are easy to relate to, love and hate. You want to join their family and see what happens next in their lives.
Published 4 months ago by Dena S
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This is a great book for both the young reader and adult reader who enjoys an easy read. Set in the Australian outback you will enjoy Amy's journey through highlights, tragedies... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jackie Sandberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't like horses? I do!
Perfect for anyone who loves or adores horses and even if they don't, this is the book many will enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by Cristina Galiano
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I loved the book and got hooked from the very beginning. I can't wait to read more about these characters and of course more about the horses.
Published 7 months ago by Manda Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitement
I love the book it is soooooo exciting. I don't like how short it is but I am glad that the second book will be longer.
Published 9 months ago by Lisa Tyminski
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is one of those rare gems among teen lit horse sfories. First of all, the author either has good understanding of horse care and riding or the author hired an expert to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book a lot
This book has a lot of challenges for the Winters ·
And sad enough there dad dies in a car wreck·
It is one of the best books I ever read·
Published 12 months ago by Chris Rose.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, room for improvement
Besides just being fun for horse lovers, the story line in "Horses of the Sun" is well constructed and the book carries a powerful message. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Donna McFarland
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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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