Horses Of The Sun (The Outback Riders Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
The Winter family are delightful and although Amy initially appears to be a complete brat when she goes to live with them, she soon becomes as delightful as they are. The plot is simple but strong, and the writing is so evocative that I could almost taste the dusty air, and feel the humidity as the storm approached.
It's a beautifully written book. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the next in this series, and I hope there will be even more in future.
I'm 51, and I am enjoying the series immensely!
Well written, excellent character development, good plot development, and reasonably believable happenings. None of the stupid jumps in the plot that aren't supported by the back story.
A big plus for me, is the correct use of horse riding lingo, descriptions of it and aids, whether dressage, three day eventing, show jumping, reining, and cutting, along with a horse sport I didn't even know about! Polocrosse, a combination of Polo and Lacrosse!!
SPOILER ALERT! Probably the only thing that would prevent me from reading parts of the first book to young kids is that there is death, in the first book, of someone that affects the kids and families deeply, and the descriptions of the "event" and injuries are detailed. I'm not sure what age would be appropriate for those parts, but as parents you should read the book first and plan how to relay that part of the story appropriately for "your" children's maturity levels. The story does show how to handle grief and loss extremely well!! I would say that it can be used as an excellent introduction to this "part of life"!!!
I AM NOT saying there is anything wrong with that part of the story, just that it is a little graphic and painful and not all kids would handle that part well. It is a risk we all face and I believe that children should be exposed to death and pain early so that they begin to understand it, and so it isn't so shocking when it happens. For example; A child's pet dying, even a young young child, shouldn't be hidden from kids, but used to help them learn coping skills around death and loss. Death is part of life, and the earlier they are exposed to how to handle it, and the facts of life in that area, the more they will integrate it and not be so scared or shocked when they are faced with it in life. So this series I believe is wonderful in how it shows the family dealing with the loss, pain, and grief. Farm kids learn those things early, from day one, but today's world is so removed from "life" it makes it hard for kids to understand the world in its true beauty and darkness. My humble opinion anyway.
Sorry to make this such a "BIG" part of my review, and its not a huge part of the book!! I just think its important to be clear. I LOVE this series and highly recommend it to all ages of kids, with parents to help them discuss this particular part so they learn great lessons from it!
Do NOT let my comments prevent you from buying this series, and the future books in the series!!! In all ways, I love it, but as parents we need to always be aware of how our children handle issues, and use books and parables to teach and guide them in life! and this series is wonderful in that regard!
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.