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Dare to Dream by [Lattey, Kate]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Dare to Dream (2 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 1321 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H2BZ93I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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I had high expectations of this book as it had been recommended to me by many of my author friends, many of whom write within the pony book genre - and it did not disappoint.

What impressed me the most is how Kate Lattey doesn't pull her punches in describing what it is actually like to live with and love horses. Without giving anything away, all I can say is that this book broke me three times over. But then, it is the sign of a great author when your own heart breaks whenever the characters' does. Lattey's depiction of three sisters is also incredibly accurate. Kris, Van and Marley are all likeable characters, each with their own flaws and their own demons to battle. I also loved that they were such strong females, unwilling to give up fighting for the life they had and loved even when that meant making immense personal sacrifices. I did really enjoy the setting of the book too. Having grown up on a diet of many very British pony books (with some American ones thrown in too) it was interesting to read about the show jumping world in New Zealand.

I am so pleased that I have the sequel, Dream On, lined up to read as I am keen to see what happens to the Carmichaels - and their animals - next. Thoroughly enjoyed it and Kate Lattey is a fine writer.
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Dare to Dream is one of those fantastic novels that completely transports you somewhere else, in this case the rundown New Zealand farm where the Carmichael sisters, Kris, Van and Marley, eke out a living by training and selling show jumpers.
Marley, the youngest of the three, has resigned herself to the fact that every good pony she owns will eventually end up being sold to pay the bills. That is, until an unbroken pinto pony comes into her life.
Cruise Control is Marley's soulmate, and while she delights in his talent, she knows that ultimately - and with aching inevitability - every rosette he brings home takes him one step closer to being sold to someone for whom money is no object.
Kate Lattey's characters - both human and equine - are so well-observed, so convincing, that I was completely drawn into Marley's life and felt every high and low alongside her.
This is a wonderful book and I am already halfway through the sequel, Dream On, and am enjoying it just as much. Highly recommend.
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I absolutely loved Dare to Dream. My only regret is that pressure of work meant it was sitting on my ereader for weeks before I had time to read it. I finished it in tears. It's moving, wrenching, funny.

Dare to Dream is the story of three sisters, Kris, Van and Marley, and their horse operation in New Zealand. The girl's mother died when Marley was born, and their father was killed in an accident three years ago, leaving them to struggle on in an attempt to keep their farm going, and their family together.

Easy is the absolute last thing it is. Kris broke her spine falling from her horse; she and middle sister Van both left school without any qualifications, and life is a constant, hard struggle. The sisters just about keep the wolf from the door by buying problem horses, schooling them, and selling them on. Just when it looks as if their ship might come in, with a pony who might win Pony of the Year, ridden by talented youngest sister, Marley, Nimble has a serious accident.

They find an unbroken pinto pony, Cruise, and he turns out to be the pony of a lifetime for Marley. The trouble with ponies of a lifetime is that on the hyper-competitive show circuit, everyone else wants to buy them, and there are some who aren't too particular in what they're willing to do to stop Marley and Cruise winning. And of course if you have the pony of a lifetime, you love him, and you want to keep him and not have him sold from under you even if it does mean the family home won't be sold. That's the crucial dilemma of the book - can you hold on to everything you love?

The author involves you completely in her characters' lives.
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After reading the brief and several reviews for Dare to Dream, I had to give it a go. I'm far too old for pony books (or so I keep telling myself), but even at my age, I can't resist a good horsey yarn. And I absolutely loved this one. Great and original storyline with the right balance of descriptive prose, humour and drama to keep you reading and wanting to find out more. I read it in one sitting; I simply had to know what was going to happen on the next page with every forward click of the kindle button.

Eagerly awaiting the sequel "Dream On", but also slightly fearful for it - it has a lot to live up to!
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I spotted this book on Facebook and thought I would give it a go. I am very impressed! There is a great storyline with believable characters. The ups and downs of life are well thought out and very sensitively dealt with. There are sharp bends in the storyline which holds the interest well and keeps the reader turning pages. There is tragedy, loss but uplifting moments when good things happen. The reader can really identify with Marley and the difficulties her family face. Above all Kate Lattey really knows her stuff when it comes to horses. I am really looking forward to reading the second (and the third when it comes out) of the series.
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