In an ideal universe you could ride all day every day, but life isn’t like that. Sometimes you have time on your hands, and sometimes you need to escape. That’s when it’s good to lose yourself in a great horse book. Here’s how to go about it:
Step One – Find a good horse book. A great place to start is Born That Way by Susan Ketchen because:
• There’s a good looking horse on the cover
• All the characters (people and horses) have believable personalities
• Horse stuff is all correct – not a single gelding is in foal
• No horses suffer abuse or die
• There are two sequels, so your search doesn’t have to start all over again
• Available as eBook wherever you are
Step Two – Download Book
• Find Born That Way on Kindle, Kobo and iBooks
• Download. It’s Free until August 15 on Kindle, Kobo and iBooks. Yes, that’s right, it’s free. AND the next two in the series, Made That Way and Grows That Way are ridiculously discounted.
Step Three – Find a cozy corner
Step Four – Read page one. You’re done. You’re lost in a good horse book.
If you need more convincing, have a look at the Born That Way book trailer. Susan Ketchen trained her own horses to be actors, and darned if one of them doesn’t get lost in a good book too!
And if you need to know a bit more about the book, let’s just say that at first glance, fourteen-year-old Sylvia is an unlikely hero. She has the genetic condition Turner Syndrome, which keeps her stuck in the body of an eight-year-old. If that’s not challenging enough, she is a horse nut without a horse.
Over the three books of the Born That Way Series, Sylvia negotiates the confusion of growing up and learning how to be an adult, even when it seems that nobody sees her that way. Sylvia’s journey, capturing the parallels between life with horses and life with humans, is written with humor and grace.
The series is published by Oolichan Books and is also available in paper. It is appropriate for all ages 12 and up.