I spotted a book in this series at church a couple of months back but it wasn’t until I stumbled across another in the Golden Filly Series at an op shop that I bought one (and then promptly got the first book from church!).
The Race by Lauraine Snelling focuses on soon to be sixteen year old Tricia Evanston. Tricia lives and breathes horses and her dream is to start riding professionally once she turns sixteen.
It looks like this dream is to be realised with a promising young colt that she and her father Hal are training together with the view to Trish being his jockey in the young horse’s maiden race.
Despite things going well, Trish finds her schoolwork falling behind and then her father’s persistent cough is diagnosed as something so much worse, leaving Trish and her brother David to keep the farm running and horses being worked.
Adding to her struggles, a couple of horses come down with a virus and in the midst of her anguish and struggles, the young woman starts to question where God is.
Snelling creates a relatable situation where a young woman is overwhelmed by the usual pressures of a teen – socialising, work, school and fitting it all in – along with tradgedy at home. The theme of a strong faith and trusting in God are prevalent throughout and something I believe is lacking in a lot of young adult books.
Personally, I’m rapt to have finally stumbled across a series that has mixed my favourite things – my faith and horses.
This book ends on a positive note though not necessarily with everything cleared up with regards to Trish’s father’s condition, leading you to want to get your hands on the next book.
Author: Lauraine Snelling
Fiction – Teens.
In My Library? You betcha! And I’ll have to keep an eye out for High Hurdles, another horse/Christian/teen series. A great series for the teen who loves horses, racing and God.
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“Thirty-two thousand foals means thirty-two thousand stories, because a Thoroughbred never goes unoticed or undisscused. And most of the stories are the stuff of drama.” – The Race For The Triple Crown by Joe Drape