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I loved Kim Ablon Whitney's earlier horse books, "The Perfect Distance" and "Blue Ribbons," and this is another top-notch bit of horse literature. The horse show setting is accurate and realistic, showing the author's true knowledge of the scene. The relationships with the horses are spot-on - not anthropomorphized, but real horses doing real things that are both wonderful and exasperating and sometimes a bit dangerous.
The main characters are richly drawn, and the side characters are real people too, neatly depicted and not left as props. The action is real, derived from the characters, and nuanced - believable and none of that "girl loves horsey and now they win blue ribbon after blue ribbon against all odds" that is pervasive in a lot of horse fiction. There are good days and there are bad days, and the good days aren't necessarily about winning a particular prize. The friendships made and lost are what makes this novel sing.
I especially enjoy horse fiction and read a lot of it; this is one of the best I've read. However, I don't think you'd have to be a horse person to enjoy the novel - it's a good story and will stand up in any company. There is sex and drinking; the book is appropriate for older readers, high school and up. (Drinking to excess is presented in a negative light.)
The novel exits at a natural ending point - the end of the summer show circuit - but it doesn't feel like the end of Hannah's story. I certainly can't wait to find out what happens next, and I hope there's a sequel in process.
What really amazes me about Whitney's books is they are all such different angles. So often one finds an author stuck in a rut with the same main character under a different name, the same basic plot, and the same clichéd descriptions. Whitney finds a fresh take on the horse world with each of her books, making me love each one as a unique story. And she never skimps on the horse details!
Warning for this one, though, there are somewhat vivid sex scenes. Not harlequin bodice-ripping romance, but definitely not appropriate for tweens or younger horse enthusiasts! I would give this a 15+ rating.