October 2015, Rebel House Ink, 194 pages, Ebook, Review copy
A new year has come to North Oak, and with it a new life for Alexandra Anderson. Will she be able to open her heart to others when its still battling demons from her past? Or will she go so deep into herself where no one can touch her, and risk losing Promenade in the Keeneland Yearling Sale?
Alex's new life has just begun after book 1's drama. It felt like she was catching up in all areas to a level of her peers. It goes to show how awful her life was in events prior to book 1 that she struggles with so many normal activities and events, some which are related to puberty, others to being educated and knowing how to interact with people.
She learns loads through her mistakes, the good moments had me beaming away (as she takes tiny steps towards being a friend with a new character, discovering smores) as they provide her with good memories, which are too few compared with the bad ones. I love the strong sense of family her guardians show Alex, especially when she isn't interested in opening up. There's plenty of horse action which as a non rider was fun to read as I understood some of it, although like Alex there's a scene I'm glad didn't have a video, though no doubt there's several on Youtube! I love seeing Alex's broken self start to mend just a little bit, a process I hope continues in further books.
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