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Belle's Book Club 2014: #7

Hey everyone

Next up in my Belle's Book Club 2014 series I'm sharing - The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St. John

Synopsis (via Goodreads

Fifteen year old Casey Blue lives in East London’s grimmest tower block and volunteers at a local riding school, but her dream is to win the world’s greatest Three Day Event: the Badminton Horse Trials. When she rescues a starving, half-wild horse, she’s convinced that the impossible can be made possible. But she has reckoned without the consequences of her father’s criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with melty, dark eyes, with whom she refuses to fall in love. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high you jump, or how fast you gallop, you can never outrun the past.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. As a horse lover I am always drawn to any book that is to do with horses so I picked this up really before I'd even read the blurb! Luckily, it didn't disappoint!

It was a fairly un-revolutionary horse story - it followed the typical, under-privileged girl finds problem horse and turns him into a winner. But, that's a typical horse story for a reason - pretty much any horse rider has the dream of competing at the top level and winning with their own horse. That's why I liked this book - it took me back to my childhood and tweens when I used to read tons of horse-y novels and used to dream that it was me and my horses living out the story!

Horse-y plot aside, I really enjoyed the characterisation most of all - especially the character of Mrs Smith and the plot twist that came with her story - it was very interesting to see her character develop and learn more about her as the story unfolded.

The plot kept me turning the pages, I got really sucked into the stories of all of the characters. Plus there was a love interest involved and you know how I love a good love interest (I always fall in love with them too!) - the whole book was just really cute and I would have absolutely loved it (and the rest of its series) when I was younger and in my fully-fledged horse obsessed period!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book but I don't think that it would appeal to many people that didn't have an interest (bordering on obsession, like me!) in horses - but if you do, I think you'd love this book!

Would you read this book? 

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