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After Tabby’s father vanishes, a deep rift develops in Tabby’s family. Tabby’s mother is focused on being a star performer in her pharmaceutical sales career, while Ava, Tabby’s older sister, is living with grandparents in Cornwall. Tabby feels neglected by her mother and jealous of Ava and although outwardly diligent and responsible, she’s like a kettle about to blow its top… bottling things up until it’s nearly impossible to keep a lid on her frustration and sadness.
Tabby finds solace with her best friends Cate and Violet at Sweetbriars Farm where she is nursing her dream horse Bliss back to peak performance, to be able to participate in the try-outs for the British Young Riders Squad.
Tabby also finds herself facing other challenges – saving her beloved horse Nancy from the knacker’s yard and finding the courage to tell her friends the truth about her family.
Will Tabby be able to save the horses she loves and be brave enough to tell people how she really feels?
This is a great story for any teen horse-mad readers, especially girls. Tabby’s life is dysfunctional since her Dad disappeared and her Mum has compensated by being determined to be the best at her job, to the detriment of her two daughters. Tabby stayed with her Mum, who often forgets anything to do with their home, meals, appointments and the like. Her older sister, Ava, opted to live with their grandparents in Cornwall and Tabby assumes has a much better lifestyle. The highlight of everything for Tabby is the time she spends with the horses and her friends at Sweetbriars Farm.
This story tells of her diligence in helping her horse Bliss recover from injury, hoping they’ll be able to compete for a place in the British Young Riders’ Squad and the adventure she has rescuing a horse she’d loved, Nancy, from a knacker’s yard. It is a story of coping with problems, facing up to danger, reconnecting with family and learning to trust your friends with the truth about your life. It is an adventurous tale of discovery, one where initial assumptions can prove so wrong and where working hard can prove to be rewarded.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Hollie Anne Marsh is an Australian author who lives in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, baby boy and horse Frieda.
Hollie has been horse riding since she was a little girl, enjoying activities such as Pony Club, showjumping, eventing, and trail-riding in the great Australian bush. Hollie lived in England for almost ten years where she had two horses and trained them for dressage.
The Sweetbriars series is inspired by all the special moments Hollie spent with horses – good, funny, and challenging moments!
Additionally the ‘coming of age’ and ‘growing up’ experiences that Hollie had.
Hollie hopes that readers will be able to identify with the characters, find the books fun to read, and they will help readers learn more about horses.
Website – www.sweetbriarsfarm.com
Instagram – my author page – https://www.instagram.com/hollieannemarsh/
Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.