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The Bridle Path (Country Lovers Romance Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Hughes , M Walker
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Bridle Path is a short sweet fairy tale romance for us grown ups, set in the county of Cornwall:

Two years after being orphaned in a horrific car crash, twelve year old Sebby remains silent and zombie-like. His aunt and guardian Matilda hopes that a new home in the tranquillity of the Cornish countryside will help restore his health.

Sebby is quickly befriended by the precocious Winny, only child of a local farmer, Greg DeSilva. Not exactly a knight in shining armour, but Greg looks good on horseback; and even better in jodhpurs. Too bad he's already claimed by pretty, confident Mary-Jo.

As Sebby emerges from a self-imposed prison, Matilda also finds her voice; aware that she too has been drifting through life, content with "good enough" when she could be magnificent. From being afraid to say "Boo" to a goose, Matilda finally finds the strength to go after exactly what she wants on her terms.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Talon; three edition (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QN7WQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #622,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Hughes is the London born author of The Celtic Cousins' Adventures: "A Raucous Time", "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time" are all available on Amazon. Her two Griffin Riders' Chronicles are also available on Amazon: "The Griffin Cryer" and "The Griffin's Boy".

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this story up and read it in just two sittings and not just because it was a short story, but also because it drew me in straight away with it's great mix of characters. A young boy isn't talking and his guardian, Matilda, only has dreams of bringing him back from the lonely place he has slipped into. She seeks respite in the idyllic surroundings of Cornwall and there great things happen...for both of them! This brought tears to my eyes and made me laugh out loud, in places this happened on the same page! A beautiful piece of writing with love, betrayal, suspense and laughter all in abundance. It's a Tardis of a story & so glad I found it. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author!

I don't want to say too much and risk giving the plot or ending away so I will say only this, you should definitely read this lovely romance and, because I loved it, I've given it 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bridle Path by Julia Hughes 11 Sept. 2012
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Matilda Pendance is hoping that moving from London to Cornwall will be a great help and a new start to a new life for her twelve year old nephew Sebby. After a family tragedy two years ago Matilda is now Sebby's legal guardian and she wants to do all she can to help him over come the tragedy.

They meet their new neighbours Mary-Jo and Greg on a bridle path that runs through their land. Greg is quite standoffish with Matilda at first, but when he gives Sebby a pony to look after they become friends. Matilda is about to embark on a journey of self-discovery and awakening that will hopefully changed her and Sebby's lives for the better.

This is a book that can easily be read in one sitting. A touching story, all about coming to terms with tragedy and moving forward with life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Bridle Path

The Bridle Path is a thoroughly entertaining, beautifully written and action packed romp that has at its heart a delightful and cheering love story. I was given this copy to review by the author because I enjoyed "An Explosive Time" so much.

The reader is taken on a whistle stop tour of dramatic events which include the heroine's embarrassing secret, a mute child, drugs, sexual exploitation, financial shenanigans, a tragic and mysterious car crash, the discovery of an ancient burial ground, attempted blackmail and great bravery.

The theme of the Bridle (or Bridal) Path is cleverly interwoven throughout the story and is used to highlight the optimistic and satisfying conclusion.

This is a fantastic read from Julia Hughes, the author of the acclaimed "Celtic Cousins" series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More success for Julia's stable! 31 Oct. 2012
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A little touch of everything here for readers who enjoy a rural feel to their escapism. From the word go, this lovely novella begins with some positive chemistry. In true Julia Hughes style, and in just as good form as her Celtic Cousins Adventures, Julia takes us to the core of the story swiftly, and with humour and great tenderness. I rather think that Julia's style and plot ingenuity could - might? lead to enlarging this story at some point in time. I particularly like the title - for this says it all and could indeed be spelled in another way! And by the very satisfying close of the story, I had almost, but not quite, packed my bags and set off for Cornwall, such is the flavour of Julia's delightful writing. Well done, Julia. Another success!
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`Delightful, captivating and psychologically intricate'

THE BRIDLE PATH is a deeply moving and insightful novella that touches on the themes of love, relationships, boundaries, jealousy and greed. The story takes a reader into the deepest heart of motherhood; the weight of a revelation that Matilda, as mother to Sebby, came to understand. "Her stomach cramped and she realized that for as long as she lived, her happiness was dependent upon his safety." Most poignant, however, are the subtle revelations of a greater gift in this story: the infusion of resilience that leads a woman towards the affirmation of herself as a person.
The subtleties and nuances of thought and responses when a character is in transition is not an easy one to portray. Although enjoying the author's usual descriptive flair for taking me along on a new journey, a tingle of heightened expectation began when I read Matilda's thought near the end of chapter 1, "What is it with men. Do they ever grow up?" Up until that point, `Tilly' was just a 35-year old mostly meek and timid woman seemingly under the control of a brash, demanding husband-to-be named Jude. The subtleties in their relationship relative to both having joint custody of Seddy, a trust-rich, 13 year old traumatized nephew, are poignantly revealed as the story unfolds.
Ms. Hughes skillfully scripts entertaining scenes that occur between Matilda and a zesty supporting cast of characters. Most profound is the author's well-integrated use of these characters' dialogues and roles as conduits for revelations of Tilly's journey towards womanhood.
Vivid, picturesque scenes take place on a bridle path that goes through a section of Matilda's property and thus, serves as a point of intersection for the characters in the story. THE BRIDLE PATH is a rich, intense novella that is delightful, captivating and psychologically intricate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treat 14 Oct. 2012
By Flick-M
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Just a lovely book, old worldly almost and set in one of the most enchanting and least spoilt parts of Britain. The characters are well drawn, credible and very natural and the story line is unusual. I would like to have given the book four and a half stars, taking off half a star for some odd formatting issues and a couple of misused words- for example the strange paragraph of blue text that appeared and the use of bulk instead of baulk (used twice, so not a typo). But please don't let these very minor issues detract from what is a delightful, magical book.
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