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.
I've just begun another book of Leanne's but am awaiting the next one about "The Outback Riders Series". Patiently awaiting this next book. I love these memorable stories which continue on and on. Thank You Leanne. Good luck writing and raising your beautiful horses.
I rated this book 3-stars because of the foreshadowing. Although it kept me reading, the foreshadowing was misleading and I kept waiting for events that never happened, or at least didn't happen the way that had been implied. After I finished the book, I even went back and searched to find the crucial sentences to see if I'd misunderstood or if the author had made a mistake. I'm not sure if the author intended to mislead or if she just didn't write it well enough. Whatever the case, the misleading statements didn't work for me and I think the foreshadowing would have been much better had it not led the reader to the wrong expectations.
Mishandled foreshadowing is one of my pet peeves. If this type of thing doesn't bother you, read the book. Recommended for horse lovers ages 10 and up.
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.
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.