After Tabby’s father vanishes, a deep rift develops in Tabby’s family. Tabby’s mother is focused on being a star performer in her pharmaceutical sales career, while Ava, Tabby’s older sister, is living with grandparents in Cornwall. Tabby feels neglected by her mother and jealous of Ava and although outwardly diligent and responsible, she’s like a kettle about to blow its top… bottling things up until it’s nearly impossible to keep a lid on her frustration and sadness.
Tabby finds solace with her best friends Cate and Violet at Sweetbriars Farm where she is nursing her dream horse Bliss back to peak performance, to be able to participate in the try-outs for the British Young Riders Squad.
Tabby also finds herself facing other challenges – saving her beloved horse Nancy from the knacker’s yard and finding the courage to tell her friends the truth about her family.
Will Tabby be able to save the horses she loves and be brave enough to tell people how she really feels?
Thank you to the Author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Well, this was such an incredibly sweet read and would have been exactly the type of book I would have been clamoring to get my hands on as a pre-teen! This is the second book in the Sweetbriar series as we follow Tabby and the struggles she faces throughout the year. Poor Tabby, it does seem as if she is a little bit of a drama magnet (none of which is her fault but still) not only does she have a multitude of family drama following her around she also problems with the horses she is looking after. This is such a great story of learning to rely not only on yourself but being able to learn to rely on your friends. Being a sort of middle school read and one that included horses really took me back which made it a sort of nostalgic read as well. A great four-star book.
Would I read again: Yes
Would I Recommend: Yes
Would I read another book from this author: Yes
About the Author
Hollie Anne Marsh is an Australian author who lives in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, baby boy and horse Frieda.
Hollie has been horse riding since she was a little girl, enjoying activities such as Pony Club, showjumping, eventing, and trail-riding in the great Australian bush. Hollie lived in England for almost ten years where she had two horses and trained them for dressage.
The Sweetbriars series is inspired by all the special moments Hollie spent with horses – good, funny, and challenging moments!
Additionally the ‘coming of age’ and ‘growing up’ experiences that Hollie had.
Hollie hopes that readers will be able to identify with the characters, find the books fun to read, and they will help readers learn more about horses.
Website – www.sweetbriarsfarm.com
Instagram – my author page – https://www.instagram.com/hollieannemarsh/