Author: Linda Chapman
Published by: Puffin
Publication date: 5th August 2010
Source: Review copy from the publisher
My first impression of this book was "Great. It's about horses. I'm not a very horsey person, I bet I won't understand half of the horsey terms in there." And it was true. I didn't understand most of the horsey words. But the story is so good that I didn't actually need to know what they meant. Even if you're not a horse lover, this is still an extremely enjoyable read.
I'll be honest, I'm not a big fan of the cover. It looks a bit dull to me, and I don't think it stands out. I do like the hint of purple in the authors name, though. I also like the way you can see a hint of pink on the girls cheeks. The whole look of the book just looks kind of....magical. It seems to pull you into the story, and I think that's a good thing.
The characters were very realistic, and the things they did were very believable. My favourite was Joe, Ellie's cousin, because I think it was sweet how he tried to help her and how he was always nice to her when her Uncle Len and one of the other horse riders, Luke, weren't.
I. Love. This. Story. I can't wait for the next book in the series! I'm really looking forward to it. The ending was a tiny bit of a cliffhanger - it left you wanting more. I think the author did a really good job of writing Ellie. I really felt her emotion i.e when she was reminded of her parents dying, when she was worried about her horse, when Uncle Len was nasty to her...Overall I give this book a rating of 5/5. Perfect for everyone!