Yes, the mother goes off sailing too Although she really doesn't want to at the start and she does come back to see Carrie when she is ill. The father doesn't!
Some great characters like "Hube the Boob" the awful spolit brat who ends up staying with them. And I really like Liza, the wild child from " Mount Putrid" a sort of prison for wayward girls. She has a heart of gold underneath the hard facade she puts up.
The best horsey bit is where Carrie and Lester rescue a chestnut pony from a girl who didn't want any one to buy the pony so she tries to ruin him by beating him
I’ve just read the third in this series now, World’s End in Winter. I think this is my favourite of the three so far. The parents are there most of the time, amazingly. The main part of the story is how the children meet a disabled girl and help her to ride again.
The awful father is trying to write a book about his efforts at sailing around the world. Needless to say the editor who first said they would publish it turns him down once he has completed the manuscript. I almost felt sorry for him. Almost. Until in his anger he hits poor Charlie the dog in the face just because he licks him. I quickly reverted to my original opinion of him.
Appropriately it is an animal that saves the day and not a human. Charlie the dog appears in a dog food commercial so they have enough money to fix the barn which collapsed in a storm and they can continue Riding for the Disabled lessons. A lovely ending that Priscilla is set free from her wheelchair by defying her fuss-pot mother and riding Oliver Twist on her own.
Finished the last in the series Spring Comes to Worlds End. I've enjoyed reading them all again.
You aren't going mad Claire, you were correct in that a cat appeared in a commercial, although it was the dog Charlie that was hopeless this time, so the cat took over!
I like the old Percheron, Roy, that Carrie and Lester save from the circus and the story about rescuing sea birds caught in an oil slick.
As usual the parents are about as much help as a chocolate tea pot. Uncle Rudolph is planning to sell Worlds End and turf the children out and the children do all the odd jobs they can to buy the house from him. Mother and father are working on a charter yacht in the Mediterranean to help buy the house but they lose the money
It all ends well after Awful Aunt Valentina is kidnapped and the children help in her rescue so Uncle Rudolph gives them the house. Interesting he doesn't give it to "their useless father!"
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1