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A real feel good story of a girl and a wild mustang called Chance, that reminded me of the Black Stallion and Alec except in a cowboy environment. The imagery of the Oregon countryside was beautifully depicted and I now want to go have my own cowgirl adventure! Written for a young teen to YA audience, the book has a sweet love story as a subplot and the final chapters had me gripping my Kindle in suspense. As far as characters go, Chance's personality really stood out and there was a nice parallel between him and Lucy both feeling out of place in the world, a theme which had me thinking of the Finmory series of Jinny and her wild Arab mare Shantih. And I thought Chance was really well named. If I had to pick bones with the story it would be that I'd have liked to see more depth to the human characters, especially the villains (although having said that, I know from personal experience with ponies that there are people just like Taylor, mean and spoilt!) and there was sometimes confusion with past and present tense. But it didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the book and I'd recommend it to any horse-loving girl.
This is a perfect YA equestrian series which I really enjoyed. Well written, with a good pace and likeable main characters. This is the exact kind of book I loved to read when I was a teenager. The setting was beautiful and vividly described. The author built the connection with Lucy and the horse she saves Chance, in a lovely way, making a lively story and a page turner! Generally these books have a mean girl which in this case was Taylor. There were a few surprises in the book with Taylor which kept it interesting and I am interested to see where that dynamic goes in the future. The book is feel good and sweet, and I definitely recommend for teenagers or nostalgic horsey adults.
I liked this story a lot, but I didn’t like that it was written in first person or all of the crude language – words like butt, pissed, holy cow, heck, and some taking God’s name in vain. It had some mistakes, too, although I did get a good laugh from the mental image of someone “shoeing a fly” instead of shooing it. The book also ended too soon, leaving Lucy and Casey’s story unfinished.
Lucy is away from home for the first time, working a dream job at the Red Rock Ranch. There she becomes enraptured by an abandoned horse she rescues with the help of handsome blue-eyed cowboy, Casey. With his gentle ways he helps her tame the black horse, drawing the ire of the talented and rich Taylor who has her eyes set on the cowboy. Casey and Lucy will do anything to help the black horse, even teaming up with Taylor to do it.
This is a fun read with an enjoyable cast. I loved the introduction because it's quick and witty and really gives you a sense of the author's personality. The descriptions of the ranch and surrounding areas are phenomenal. The romance of the story is more surrounding Lucy and Chance rather than her and Casey. I found Lucy so relatable because of how she handles her attraction to Casey because she sees how Taylor feels about him. I also really loved the veiled references to popular horse book series throughout this and the following books.
I really enjoyed this young adult novel and felt I travelled back in time to my younger self while reading it. The author creates interesting characters and winds them into a good plot to wind up with a compelling story. I almost read this in one sitting and ordered the next in the series shortly thereafter. A great read for horse lovers of all ages.