Title: Appaloosa Summer
Author: Tudor Robins
Publisher: South Shore Publications (June 2014)
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 the end of the summer.Since the age of 12 or so, I have been a sucker for a good horse book. I still love finding gems like this for the pure nostalgia element of it. Even better if the book is realistic and doesn't have its characters achieving miracles with their horses for the sake of the plot.
I loved Appaloosa Summer so much. It is a quaint and charming read with a strong-willed protagonist who actually has decent horse-sense. It is not just a romance but a story of personal growth and healing.
The author is also so good at creating setting and memorable characters. I could see everything so vividly and felt like I knew everyone on the island as friends by the time to book drew to a close.
This is not just for horsey folk, but for any reader who loves a good, honest story.
I cannot wait to reread this book and return to the island with Meg and Jared.