on 24 December 2009
I breezed through Talented Horsewoman, which I found to be very readable and fun to follow. The setting, story and characters of the novel bring you into a warm, inviting, and realistic world with everyday worries and struggles. The story then effortlessly takes you down a path where a possible murder has occurred. Various players surface, and you are never sure who amongst them carries what secrets and motivations. Dangerous circumstances hide in the shadows and the heroine of the book is the first to realize it.
Apart from an interesting mystery, the story presents some good secondary storylines - the main character, Leigh, is a single, divorced mother trying to raise her young, impressionable daughter while dealing with an interfering ex, navigating dating life, maintaining friendships through difficult times, struggling between dull work and her true passions, and finding her own footing, confidence and courage through it all. She is a very realistic, well-rounded and likable character that you can relate to in various ways and comfortably identify with.
I enjoyed Talented Horsewoman and would not hesitate to pick up another novel by this author, who has a gift for creating inviting worlds and interesting stories...
Rai Aren, co-author of the adventure novel, Secret of the Sands