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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 summer’s end.
Appaloosa Summer can be compared to the TV show, Heartland.
Tudor Robins’ Appaloosa Summer is a perfectly refreshing and lovely YA read. Virtually drama-free, this novel did not have me gasping in surprise, anxiously biting my nails or groaning in frustration as some YA novels are prone to do, and I really enjoyed its relaxed nature. Instead of action and angst, its plot develops out of the growth of characters and relationships – but it still pulled me in and urged me to turn pages, as all the characters are easy to like and love. Meg is especially sweet, while Jared is absolutely charming, and their romance (thankfully far from insta-love) sweetly builds from an established friendship. All in all, Appaloosa Summer is a wonderful, light summer read, and I certainly recommend it to YA fans.
Thanks to Tudor Robins and Pump Up Your Book, I received a copy of Appaloosa Summer and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
About the Author
Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
She gathered publishing-related experience in her roles as a magazine editor and publishing sales representative, as well as working in offset and digital printing. Tudor currently teaches writing workshops for adults and children, as well as developing writing contests and programming to motivate young writers.
Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Appaloosa Summer is now available in paperback through Amazon and can also be purchased in the Kindle store.