Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins

Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring.

Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident.

Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, scrubbing toilets and waiting on guests at a B&B.

Once there, she meets Jared; doing his best to keep anything else in his life from changing.

When Jared offers Meg a scruffy appaloosa mare out of a friend’s back field, it’s the beginning of a journey that will change both of them by the end of the summer.

The start of this book really upset me (probably from being pregnant and over-emotional about EVERYTHING!) but I wasn't sure I wanted to even continue reading. I'm so glad I did though. This book turned out to be amazing and a perfect summer read for anyone who loves horses. 

I have an Appaloosa horse, Shadow, which I've had and loved for 13+ years, but he's getting old and coming to the end of his life. This book helped me realize that even when he is gone that doesn't mean I will never love another horse. Also another horse will never replace the memories and love I have for Shadow. 

I would completely recommend this to any of my horse loving, book reading friends!