BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s adventure book, Mary’s Song by Susan Count. The tour will run December 12, 2016 – January 2, 2017.
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About the Book
Title: Mary’s Song (Dream Horse Adventure Book 1) | Author: Susan Count Genre: Children’s Fiction | Number of Pages: 122 | Publisher: Hastings Creations Group Release Date: October 20, 2016
Book Description: Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful, but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles. Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?
I adore the artwork on the cover of this book. The colors are soft and beautiful. This is the kind of story that’s good for the soul.
It’s the early 1950’s, and Mary cannot walk as a result of the Polio virus. Her dream is to walk again and to ride horses. Down the road from her house, there’s a horse farm. She sees foals play near the edge of her property and enjoys sketching them.
A friendship develops with Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. It is reminiscent of the friendship in Anne of Green Gables.
There is a sad sweetness between Mary and her father, since her mother passed when she was young. Her father is a great man, doing his best to find a cure for Mary’s paralysis, even if it involes harebrained schemes. I grew up in Florida and enjoyed the mentions of The Fountain of Youth.
Occasionally the girls feels more like ten or eleven year olds, rather than the twelve they are. But considering it was in the 50’s and these are sweet girls, it’s not a real problem.
I would recommend this to kids who love horses, or ride horses, and even as young as six would probably enjoy this as a read-along with their parents. It’s a quick read. There are some Christian themes, which was fine by me as I hold those beliefs as well. So it’s also good for parents looking for books that include praying to God. If you like Anne of Green Gables or the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, give this lovely story a read. 4/5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What others are saying…
“An excellent and engaging book from start to finish. A must read.” – Amazon Review
“Susan Count knows how to write about horses, family, friendship, love, faith, and sacrifice. Her true-to-life characters easily engaged me in wanting to know more about them and how their conflicts would be resolved.” – Geoffrey W.
“A genuinely touching story about friendship and recovery. I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a good horse book perfect for middle age girls!” – Amazon Review
About the Author
One day…I began to write with no preconceived ideas about anything. I’d read what I had written the day before and add another scene to the adventure. No one could have been more astounded than I was when it turned into a book. The whole process gave me great joy and restored my spirit after a season of loss. My motivation was my desire to bless one particular young lady with a story to show her a love relationship in a family, with the Lord, and with a horse. I truly thought the story would remain in a drawer until she was old enough to read it. Surprise.
I write at an antique secretary desk which belonged to the same grandmother who introduced me to horse books. The desk has secret compartments and occupies a glass room with a forest view. Bunnies and cardinals regularly interrupt my muse, as do my horses grazing in a clearing.
Though I am a rider and lover of horses, I make no claims of expertise in any riding discipline. I hope that my research keeps me from annoying those who would know.
The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories.
Saddle up and ride along!
Blog Tour Giveaway
Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize(winner’s choice)
Giveaway ends: January 2, 11:59 pm, 2017
Open to: Internationally.
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