Title: The Horse Dancer
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: April 11, 2017
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "When Sarah's
grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo--hoping that one day
she'll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school,
away from their gritty London neighborhood--she quietly trains in city's
parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must
juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits.
young lawyer, is reeling after her failed marriage: her professional
judgment is being questioned, her new boyfriend is a let-down, and she's
forced to share her house with her charismatic ex-husband. Yet when the
willful fourteen-year-old Sarah lands in her path, Natasha decides to
take the girl under her wing.
But Sarah is keeping a secret--a secret that will change the lives of everyone involved forever."
My Two Cents:
"The Horse Dancer" is the story of Tash and Mac and their marriage that is falling apart. It's the story of Sarah, a young teenager, whose grandfather gets sick and threatens to rip apart the only thing that has given her life stability: her love of horseback writing. Told with Moyes' signature heart and memorable characters, this book will drag your heart through the mud and leave you with hope and happiness.
I'm not a horse fan but I am an animal lover. I loved the bond that Sarah had with her horse, Boo. Sarah's grandfather has been a masterful rider in his own day and he passed his love of horses on to Sarah. I really liked how committed Sarah was to Boo and everything that she went through in order to continue practice horseback riding and then on top of it, how much she goes through in order to fix things for Boo.
Moyes is a master at taking the difficult and turning into a really heartwarming story. I love how she is able to turn this on its head - this always make for a super satisfying read! There are a few continuity issues throughout the book and it gets a bit predictable towards the end but because of the ending, it is still satisfying.