Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Tour: Run For the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein


Run for the Roses
Author: Rachel Schieffelbein
Release Date: Release 11/2013
Published by: Swoon Romance

Summary

Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys -- much less date!
Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.
Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail's biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail's biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?
With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.

Review

Let me start out by saying that this was such a cute story. I don't read a lot of young adult novels or ones with teenagers as the protagonist, but I enjoyed reading this one. Abigail is a sweet girl, and she is full of spunk. She works hard for what she wants, and I find that admirable

I have never seen horse competitions. I've ridden a horse or two in my life, but I don't know much about breeds, keeping a horse clean and happy, or teaching them to do tricks. It's obvious that Rachel Schieffelbein knows all about it, though. Through Abigail, she is able to show her knowledge and ability about horse showing. It isn't so technical that I had problems following it or needed clarification, but it isn't so easily explained that it sounds like sitting on a horse and looking pretty. Rachel does a good job balancing the two and making an uneducated reader follow along with ease.

All of a sudden, this handsome, charming boy walks into Abigail's life, and she doesn't know what to do about it. She really likes him, but he gets in the way of her concentration - not to mention being the brother of Abigail's biggest rival in the horse show world. Like most goal driven women, Abigail has a hard time letting go of control - even if it means love and finally having a boyfriend in her life. She has put so much of her time into her horse. A guy will just get in the way. Or will he?

Run For The Roses is an easy and interesting read. I would definitely suggest it to readers who enjoy YA or stories involving horses or romance.

Rating

3 stars

About the Author

A.J. Bennett
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

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