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The Bridle Path (Country Lovers Romance Book 1) by [Hughes, Julia]
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"Just a lovely book, old worldy almost and set in one of the most enchanting and least spoilt parts of Britain. The characters are well drawn, credible and very natural and the storyline is unusual."

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I wanted to write a real romance with characters in true to life situations. The Bridle Path is my tribute to the many women - and men - who pick up the pieces when tragedy strikes, without a second selfless thought of how this will impact on their lives. In Matilda's case, as she strives to create a better future for her orphaned nephew, she grows in character. At first, her happiness depends on making others happy. But as events unfold she becomes aware that she too has the right to happiness - and of course, love. 

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  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Talon; three edition (March 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QN7WQY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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`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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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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Thank you for including the extra chapters! I think the next book will be even better. I found the main characters lack of a spine to be a difficult read. I am glad she was finding herself by the end and that is why the next book should be better. There is still much to be resolved and I will look for the next book!
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By ECW on 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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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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