So I’m ashamed to say I bought this book about twelve months ago and haven’t touched it until now! A friend borrowed it and insisted I get on with reading so that I could review.
I’m glad she did! Rachel L. Burkum’s 2008 published novel Silent Ride was a delight to read. Interestingly, the book has remained exactly as the author intended, “verbatim, without editorial input.”
Randi Steel hasn’t been in touch with her brother for nearly a decade. Despite a difference of six years in age, she used to have an incredibly close relationship with her older brother. This changed drastically when she was twelve.
Now, at the age of 21 she finds herself living with Brad, who is none too happy about the interruption to his life.
Consumed with an endurance race that he’s training for, Brad finds his sister’s presence poor timing and irritating. Brad struggles to communicate with his younger sibling, making it a rough ride for Randi. The fact that she is deaf seems to make this all the harder for her older brother.
Two months out from the race Brad is suddenly unable to continue with his training due to an accident. With the accident dies his hopes of making a good name for his farm and showing the worth of his Arab cross Morgan mare. On the surface Brad’s sister and staff can understand his disappointment but are confused by Brad’s defeated attitude.
What they don’t realise is that more is at stake due to Brad not being able to race. When this information comes to light, it is Randi who is forced to consider taking her brother’s place – in a four day endurance race against eighty plus competitors, all of whom are male and all of whom can hear.
Silent Ride is a wonderfully written story, focusing on determination, second chances, God’s grace in an ever changing world and how going it alone is never the answer.
Author: Rachel L. Burkum
In my library? A resounding yes for this one. I loved the characters, the horses and the way the story progressed.
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“In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart.”