Appaloosa Summer

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Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring.

Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident.

Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, scrubbing toilets and waiting on guests at a B&B.

Once there, she meets Jared; doing his best to keep anything else in his life from changing.

When Jared offers Meg a scruffy appaloosa mare out of a friend’s back field, it’s the beginning of a journey that will change both of them by summer’s end.

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Hott Review:

I made a mistake. I read the synopsis and tags for Appaloosa Summer, I never read synopses, and was expecting something very different.

I LOVED Appaloosa Summer! It’s a sweet romance featuring a dear girl as her life changes and she matures. This is a honest look at the life and emotions of a teenager through loss and love.

After reading the synopsis and tags, for some reason, I was expecting a more middle grade book about the loss of a cherished equine. Instead, I found Appaloosa Summer to be geared towards a YA and, thankfully, not as emotional.

I absolutely recommend Appaloosa Summer to YA girls and moms who need to remember what it’s like to be a teenager verging on adulthood.


Author: Tudor Robins
Source: I purchased this Appaloosa Summer from Amazon on September 12, 2014 when it was FREE for kindle.
Publisher & Date: June 5th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 0993683703 (ISBN13: 9780993683701)
Pages: 230
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA | A bit of foul language and romantic kissing
Setting: Duck Island, near Toronto, Canada
Series: Island Series #1

Author Bio:

Tudor RobinsTudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, as well as spending time on Wolfe Island with her husband and two sons. Appaloosa Summer is Tudor’s second novel.

Website: Tudor Robins' website


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