I like this career novel just as much as Joan goes Farming.
As usual my minds gone blank when I try to review a book It's basically about how Rennie has to overcome her phobias and panic attacks after she was in a car accident and her mother was killed. Into the story is woven how much hard work horses are and not much money if you work with them etc. but if you love horses then it's a rewarding job. Well something like that anyway!
Wow, kind of a grim premise, but still sounds interesting. Are the mental health aspects well done, Rosie -- that is, the phobias and panic attacks and so forth? Kind of sounds in that respect like Tall and Proud, in a broad way of overcoming an illness through horses.
Yes I had that thought that it was a bit like Tall and Proud with illness overcome by horses.
In my opinion it is well written, not dwelling on that side of it too much. She is portrayed as very feeble to start off with but she is determined to work with horses no matter what her Father or Aunt thinks or what happens when she does start helping in a stables. And quite a lot does happen!
She gets badly bitten, inadvertently causes a horse to get poll evil, upsets a fellow worker when their boyfriend starts fancying her instead and gets all nasty with her (in fact that bit would amount to bulling in the workplace nowadays)
And as if that wasn't bad enough she feels she has to leave her job because of this girl and starts working in a dealers yard. The owner is a dodgy dealer and she is caught in a dilemma, does she turn a blind eye to all the awful things the man does to the horses and stick with the decent wage that he provides. Or does she go back to her old stables and be happy again but poor!
The decision is made for her when a horse that is sold at the dealers yard kills a young boy. She knew the horse was drugged when the boy came to try him out and this is the final straw when she hears the terrible news. She discovers the nasty girl in her old stables is now going to leave and marry her boyfriend so the way is clear for her to return.
Rosie - hope you don't mind just added a spoiler warning for your last post as it does give quite a lot away.
Haven't read this for a while - so prob due for a re-read before I vote. It is not one of my fav ME books, being quite depressing at times (tho A Wind is Blowing pips it for darkness!) but I can't deny its well written. Its like the 'dark side' of Pony Jobs for Jill, but Rennie doesn't cop out like Jill and give up her dreams, so strangely enough its actually more optimistic for people who want to work with horses. Hmm I think it would be quite interesting to have a discussion of horsy 'career novels' if we haven't somewhere already.
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
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fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
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Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
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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?
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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.
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Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
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Claire: Or even internet lol
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brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
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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!
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Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
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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.
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