The Bridle Path (Country Lovers Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Refreshing and sweet, The Bridle Path is a love story about second chances and self-growth. I immensely enjoyed the plot and how the characters evolve throughout the story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by momilp
I love it because it kept my attention and I never wanted to put it down. I read this book in one dayPublished on August 13, 2013 by Maggie
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.
From beginning to end, this book kept me engaged. Recommended for all ages who are young at heart, with a sense of humorPublished on July 7, 2013 by D. L. Kirkpatrick
Told in about 30,000 words, The Bridle Path is for women who love stories about escapism, family and starting a new life. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by S
The overall plot of this story was very sweet and the characters were great. I was a bit lost by some of the obvious "English" colloquialisms throughout, but generally was able to... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Loree
A little touch of everything here for readers who enjoy a rural feel to their escapism. From the word go, this lovely novella begins with some positive chemistry. Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by C. R. Wood
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