April 2013, Pageworks Press, 176 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Now that she has the horse of her dreams, Kate McGregor’s next dream is to live in Vermont near her best friend, Holly Chapman. She wants to ride for the Timber Ridge team and attend high school with Holly. But Kate's father has other plans. He wants Kate to sell Tapestry and move 2,000 miles away. So does Angela Dean. She will stop at nothing to force Kate and her horse out of Timber Ridge ... even if it means putting herself at risk by cheating and letting Kate take the blame for something that’s not her fault. Then Angela’s little sister reveals a big family secret, and everything changes.
Possible bias as I already adore the series but the stakes keep rising for Kate! Just when you think Mean Queen (my nickname) Angela can't get any nastier in her tricks, she does. Without fail every chapter had me on edge, scared that Kate would end up suspended, taken away from her beloved Tapestry (I so approve of the craft themed name) or be put in financial ruin. Holly is a wonderful best friend, always supporting Kate through life's obstacles.
A newcomer, Angela's little sister (I may have forgotten her if she was in the last book, lousy memory!), stole my heart. She is a sweet girl, total opposite of Angela and features heavily in Kate's life for various reasons. I sincerely hope I see more of her in the future. I can't give details but I inwardly cheered at the end when Kate sees the headteacher - sometimes the truth can't be avoided but it can be read between the lines. Tapestry's lying down trick is a life saver, and there was the usual mucking out and cleaning up of horse gear that I as a non-riding horse book lover enjoyed. They are still too big and too far off the ground for me to ride, but I admire them. What will happen next for Kate & Holly?
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