by Genevieve Dutil
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Goodreads: Poise, class, confidence, fantastic thighs and an even better ass: these are the spoils of an equestrian lifestyle. And Margaret Fletcher has them all.
But then suddenly, she doesn't. Broke and horseless for the first time in her pampered life, Margaret is lost in a sea of tangled hairnets until a cranky old horseman introduces her to the not-so-glamorous world of exercising young racehorses. Margaret knows she can jump a five foot fence with style. But can she gallop forty miles an hour on a two-year-old rocket launcher with sticky brakes?
Enter Emily Morris, a working class eventer who’s spent her whole life eating the dust of rich girls like Margaret. Now, charged with the task of turning this clueless Hunter Princess into a fully-functional Gallop Girl, Emily will have to teach her the basics of horsemanship from the ground up ― mud, manure and all. Can a former Hunter Princess and a scrappy kid from the wrong side of the racetrack team up to conquer the “Sport of Kings?”
Kritters Thoughts: Two very different young women narrate this story - Margaret is in a new place without her parent's funds and is trying to still be around horses still as she has been in the horse world for her entire life, but through her parents funding. Emily has a single mom and has wanted to be in the horse world, but has always felt on the outskirts because of her lack of funds. These two girls lives intersect and they will have to learn from each other to help each other get what they really want.
First, let me say that I think this character at the beginning is meant to be very unloveable, so that there is a journey, but if she called herself by the third person, her own name, one more time I was going to sock her! I absolutely hated it when she was telling the story and then referred to herself, it was done one too many times and enough to be distracting.
Overall, I did love the book, but it wasn't one that stood out for me.
Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more
Ebook 2015 Challenge: 22 out of 100
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.