The Lost Pony of Riverdale. Dec 28, 2013 3:05:30 GMT 1
Post by cally on Dec 28, 2013 3:05:30 GMT 1
As all of you regular Pony mad book lovers probably know, when it comes to Pony Books I have 2 criteria that I look for when deciding to read or purchase a book: Firstly, it MUST be British, and secondly, preferably the older the better!
Well 'The Lost Pony of Riverdale' fulfils only the first criteria but I am pleased to admit that although modern- published only as an e-book this year- it was an intriguing, well crafted and thoughtful book, and I can envisage a wonderful series of books arising from this debut which will be destined to become a classic!
The plot, briefly, surrounds the main protagonist, 11 year old Poppy McKeever who naturally is pony mad and pony less. She is less than thrilled to learn her family will be moving to a new home in the country because she has already suffered upheaval after the death of her mother years earlier, and the introduction of a step mother and a half brother into her life. Without going into too much detail, her complex family situation and the dynamics between not only family members but also other people and friends of different generations, adds a great deal of texture to the story and is similar in this respect to Patricia Leitch's 'Jinny' series. This widens the appeal of the book to a range of different readers and adds a tone of realism to the story. The dynamic between Poppy, her much loved half brother, Charlie and her step mother Caroline will have you feeling almost as if you are in the same room as them, so well crafted and insightful are the characterisations of the central figures.
The book has several exciting plot lines running through it and when reading it I found myself thinking ahead and doing the 'what if 'X' happens next' guessing game, and I am glad to say the end of the book was immensely satisfying in that I knew there was so much more to come for Poppy and her friends and family in the future. The author, Amanda Wills, is working on her follow up book in the series as we speak, and I can see this series being published as a 'book' book and gracing the book cases of pony book fanatics and collectors.
Of Amanda Wills herself, this is her debut novel and she has worked as a journalist for some 20 years (including as a police and crime correspondent!) and the writing is as you would expect of a seasoned professional: tight, suspenseful, descriptive without being laborious, and humorous as well as sensitive in just the right balance. I won't spoil the experience of reading this book by going into anymore detail- it is available from Amazon as a Kindle e book and is WELL worth the paltry sum charged.
As an indication of how enjoyable this book is, I both wanted to rush to the end AND prolong the pleasure of reading it, not wanting to leave the lives of the McKeever family and their new found friends, both human and non human. Having written this review a few weeks after reading 'The Lost Pony of Riverdale', I already feel like revisiting this immensely satisfying story- and in fact I think I will!
I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars without hesitation and I can't WAIT for the next instalment, and the one after that, and the next and so on. Trust me guys- you will really enjoy this book.