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- Book 1 of 3 in Fairmont Riding Academy (3 Book Series)
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More About the Author
The other passion in my life are my horses. They nourish the soul and in many ways keep me sane. It's a busy life. I have three kids, write full time, manage the house and sprinkle in a few more responsibilities in there and some sanity (or equine therapy) is needed.
I write books that I hope make people laugh a little, escape from the stress of day to day life and hopefully they feel a connection to my characters.
Something kind of funny and ironic about me is that I don't know how to type. I hunt and peck, so my first drafts have tons of mistakes. I really wish I'd taken typing in school.
I love to cook, but hate to clean--but love a clean house, so every Saturday I spend my day cleaning house. I'm a creative cook and can never create the same recipe twice and this makes it hard for me to get down the recipes in The Wine Lover's Mysteries just so.
Being a writer as a career is a very hard job. It takes a lot of patience, tenacity, a willingness to hear others say you suck, and a certain kind of masochistic personality because as I just pointed out--it's not easy. However, writing for me is like breathing. It's my life, like my family and my animals. It's who I am. It's my hope to connect with others through my writing. I hope I connect with you!
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Vivienne Taylor is 17 years old and is the equivalent of a teenage Horse Whisperer/Dr. Doolittle/Psychic to the Equine - she has a special connection with them and they have one with her. Her mom is also a vet. Vivienne wins a scholarship to prestigious Fairmont Riding Academy. She is really sad to leave her mom and little brother, but she has dreams of going to the Olympics some day. When she arrives, she finds that the schools vet has been murdered. She also winds up becoming becomes the target of the snooty spoiled rich girls. She does manage to make some friends, Riley and Tristan, who have secrets of their own, and her new horse, Harmony, is the only one she can't read. When Vivienne learns that Harmony belonged to the murdered vet, it adds even more mystery to drama that is now Vivienne's life.
I found Silent Harmony to be an enjoyable read for the most part, geared definitely more toward teenage readers. There is some language and sexual references, which I didn't have a problem with at all, but parents may want to consider if their young teen is going to be reading it. There is quite a bit of drama and conflict that goes on, but when you have teenagers, I think that is pretty much expected. The only thing that threw me off a little was that the story though mainly from Vivienne's POV, which is in the first person, but did have chapters that were from Riley and Tristan's POV, which were third person, and it was kind of confusing. On a positive note there is romance, mystery, suspense, and drama, which young readers are sure to enjoy and is something that again, would appeal mainly to the 14/15 to 18 age group, in my opinion.
Silent Harmony is a good read. Michele Scott knows her way around the ring and blends it well with her mystery writing talents. Full of the usual teen angst and nastiness, using the equestrian angle was a nice change! I did think the characters were almost too clichéd and predictable at times, but I LOVED the horses' personalities!
This book was provided by NetGalley and Amazon Children's Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
It's one of the more entertaining and more unusual YA books I've stumbled upon in quite a while and the proof is in our own teen girl loving it. This is one very well written book from an obviously very talented author who, I suspect, either is not far removed from the heroine's age (seventeen) or remembers well what that stage of life used to be like.
It's a great read and a great summer read not only for horse lovers but for anyone with a test for well written, well researched books that tell a good story.
I'm quoting someone: "It's Gossip Girls meets Veronica Mars meets Heartland." Throw in a slice of Mean Girls, as well, and maybe juuust a whisper of Mr. Ed. In the Fairmont Riding Academy, Vivienne suffers homesickness and is subjected to the cruel ministrations of her priveleged peers. She rapidly makes an enemy of the snooty reigning drama queen (who, admittedly, is herself a terrific horsewoman). She's the focus of a really messed-up traditional wager amongst the boy students. School-wise, the equestrian training is arduous, the competition seriously intense.
Vivienne's scholarship allots her a horse named Harmony, previously owned by the school's recently deceased veterinarian. Vivienne is shocked to learn that she's unable to "read" Harmony. Maybe it's to do with that the horse is severely traumatized. Maybe because it saw something. Like a murder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who woulda known a bunch of high school children to get into so much mystery and thriller.Published 21 days ago by B.K
Apparently my rating and comments are not getting to you from my kindle. Thank you. Helen HamiltonPublished 2 months ago by helen hamilton
The writing was very juvenile, but with the sexual content this book would be hard to recommend for a tween. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great YA book. This was the first YA horse book I've ever read. I would have love it as a child.Published 3 months ago by A Publisher's Book Club Official Review
I'm a pretty open minded mom with a pretty mature and intelligent 7th grade daughter, but this book hit a bunch of really unpleasant points. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mountain'sout
I just felt good reading this book. It has been years since I had horses but this book brought the feelings back. You are there in the barn,on the course with Viv. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
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