The relationship between a human being and a horse rarely just happens, it takes time. The owner needs to spend time feeding, grooming, talking and riding her horse. Equine research shows talking to your horse often in a conversational tone is most important. Studies have been done, showing horses have remained calm in traumatic situations because their owner remained calm and spoke in a peaceful voice.
Anne Clermont introduces us to the very unique and beautiful world of horses in her debut novel, LEARNING TO FALL (SparkPress). She takes us into the highly specialized world of hunter-jumper horse training, a spectacular equestrian sport that relies on the strength and technique of the trainer and rider.
Brynn Seymour has grown up on Redwood Grove Stables, thirty-acres of picturesque hills and valleys forty-five minutes north of San Francisco. She has completed nearly four years of veterinary school, and wants to become a doctor, but her father’s dream is for her to take over the family business. She works at the barn and assists her father and his workers on the hunter-jumper circuit when not in school.
With only months left to graduation, tragedy strikes on the way to a show leaving her father dead and Brynn feeling responsible. Brynn and her mother meet with the family accountant and learn they are broke, that her father has taken out multiple mortgages and they’re close to losing Redwood Grove Stables.
After the initial shock, Brynn’s picks herself up and designs a plan she thinks could save the family business, but she’s going to have to let go of control and rely on others who know more than she does. Brynn’s going to have to trust people who want to help her and she’s going to have to completely change. Enter: Jason Lander, two-time, prestigious, Million Dollar Gold Cup winner, who if anyone can help her win the million-dollar cup, Jason can. That’s if her feelings don’t get in the way.
Anne Clermont writes in a lyrical style that has you feeling as if, while reading you’re riding across the hills and valleys. You can feel the wind going through your hair and know in your heart that Anne Clermont knows and loves the horses and the land she writes about. When a scene is happening in the stable, you are right there smelling the hay, manure and leather saddles. I look forward to a follow-up.
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We’re fortunate to have one copy of LEARNING TO FALL to giveaway. Just tell us about a special relationship you have or have had with an animal, be it a horse, dog or maybe a fish. We’ll pick a winner next week.
Thanks to SparkPress for providing a copy of LEARNING TO FALL for an honest review.