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Keeping Secrets (Timber Ridge Riders Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Kate has a dark secret. She was blamed for the death of a horse in her care. Now she is petrified to go near a horse stall. Holly’s mom gives riding lessons and coaches an equestrian team. Kate hopes to steer clear of the barn, but she is gradually drawn to it. She must overcome the bullying of Angela, a spoiled brat whose wealthy mother accepts nothing less than first place. Quite a few shenanigans involved in the plot. Dana succeeds in making the reader identify with her characters. The love of horses and its power on the main characters are carefully woven into the plot. Just a hint of romance with the introduction of a young teen male character.
This story is just under two hundred pages with vocabulary and plot lines that are suitable for readers age nine and older. The book is well-written with a nice mix of descriptive language and dialogue. Teachers might break the book up into chapters for read aloud and class discussion.
Author: Maggie Dana
Publisher: Pageworks Press
Genre: Children's Fiction
Sub Genre: Sports; Horses
ISBN: 13: 9780985150402
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.75 Stars
I received a copy of "Keeping Secrets" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Description From The Publishers:
A valuable horse is dead, and it’s all her fault, which is why 14-year-old Kate McGregor has banished horses and riding from her life—forever! But her new summer job as a companion to Holly Chapman, a former riding star who’s now confined to a wheelchair, takes her back to the barn—the last place Kate wants to be.
Can Kate keep her terrible secret from Holly, who is fast becoming her best friend? And, more important, can she keep her secret from Angela Dean, a teenage bully who lives for only two things: winning ribbons and causing trouble?
Kate manages to keep her secret hidden until an accident forces it into the open ... and it's just the moment Angela has been waiting for.
My Review Of "Keeping Secrets"
A story that explores the world of equine showing and jumping. There is the requisite of mean rich girl and the poor girl with heart of gold. The characters of Kate, Holly and Angela are well developed and the writer has made them in such a way as they evoke the emotion in the reader that she desired. Now that the cliche's are out of the way lets discuss the plot. It is well planned out and believable. From the opening lines to the closing paragraph this book ensnares the reader holds them tight and allows them to join the characters as the flow from scene to scene.
My rating of this fast paced story is 4.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend "Keeping Secrets" to any horse lover,but it is also a good read for anyone who enjoys a quick read filled with friendship, hope and dreams.
I fell in love with the two main characters, Kate McGregor and Holly Chapman. Kate believes she is responsible for the death of a beloved horse. As a result, she cannot bear to be around horses. Holly survived a terrible accident in which her father was killed. She's been unable to walk since and is in a wheelchair. When Kate takes a summer job as Holly's companion, she never planned on the job including horses, but it does. Holly's mom is a riding instructor who is readying her team for a big competition. When one of the girls sustains an injury and can't ride, Kate finds herself taking her place. The villain of the story, Angela, pulls out all the stops to keep Kate from winning during the competition.
The ending left me wanting to read more about Holly and Kate. I immediately checked Amazon to see if the next book in the series was available. Sadly, it's not out yet.
This is a book about the healing love of horses and the developing friendship between two girls. If you have a pre-teen girl on your gift-buying list (or a horse lover who enjoys a trip back to her childhood), I strongly recommend Keeping Secrets.