Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Well, I had a busy weekend; how about you? Between reading, the BIG COVER REVEAL yesterday, checking out the TCM Grease Sing-A-Long event at a local theater, and blogging, it's been a marathon to say the least. Today, we're jumping between the pages of my most recent read courtesy of TLC Book Tours. It stars a Young Adult title that was inspired by a true story and is filled with enough emotion that you'll be on the edge of your seat for many reasons. So grab your cowboy or cowgirl hat and get ready to ride! Today's blog tour guest and book of choice is...
Jennifer Grais and Michael Grais
About the book...
When I found out that this was inspired by a true story, my heart both sank and jumped for joy. Why? Well for the simple reason that so much happened to both shock and celebrate, you'll have to catch your breath and process it all upon turning the final page.
The amount of emotion that comes through the writing, the good and bad times, the dangers and celebrations, the friendships and bonds for life formed; all of it comes alive, right off the page. Christa is a passionate young lady, yet real. She's a "pony girl" through and through, but she's human and makes mistakes. Those mistakes might have tilted her fate and the fate of one she loved in the wrong direction (still not completely convinced it was her fault alone) but despite the heart shattering event that followed (and it did shatter hearts, my own included), she never gave up. Sure, she delved down and wallowed a bit in self doubt, pity, and utter leave-me-alone-ness, but there's not a soul that could blame her. I myself left several tears on the page when it all went down. When things got really dark and it looked like all hope was lost, she still never gave up. She was that determined, that dedicated to be the voice for those that wouldn't/couldn't speak. Taking a note from those that came before her (and the wisdom of one smart Grandma), she was the change she wanted to see in the world and that effort on her part, make people stand up, take notice, and follow her example.
I love the way the author portrays the characters as well as the bigger issues. We get a chance to bond with her sister Sara (who actually is much more caring than she seems), find strength in numbers with the likes of Kim and Amy, share in the bonds of family (her Grandma is my favorite there!), and get a taste of young love with the cowboy-whisperer next door (*tips hat at Cisco*). There's also the horse love with Lucky, Jenner, and the Lost Herd (so magical!). We also see just what happens when greed clouds the mind with dollar signs versus life, nature, and beauty...as well as what happens when that spell is broken. As far as the issues, the facts represented are much more shocking than you might think and definitely eye opening. Talk about a call to arms...
Overall, a captivating experience from cover to cover. A story about more than simply a girl and her horse, but about what being passionate and caring with all our hearts is all about. It's about noticing those things around us that need changing and actually DOING something about it, despite how impossible it might seem. There's heart and hardship, laughter and tears, young love and love of animals, all wrapped up with the harsh reality that faces wildlife, or in this case wild horses, today. Brava to the author and high recommendations from me to you on this title.
About the authors...
Jennifer Grais is a singer-songwriter who recorded several albums in Los Angeles and Nashville and toured as Jackson Browne’s background singer. When she met Michael and they moved to the rural area of Topanga Canyon, CA, her childhood passion for horses was rekindled. She completed a year-long program of study with Linda Kohanov, best-selling author of “The Tao of Equus”, and “Riding Between the Worlds,” and began exploring a deeper relationship with horses. In December 2006, she was captivated by footage of a horse rescue that took place during a flood in the Netherlands at the hands of women riders. The drama of the rescue inspired the novel, “Christa’s Luck,” a young adult novel co-authored by Michael Grais. Research for the novel exposed Jennifer to the unfolding drama of the wild mustangs in the western United States and became the primary plot of the book. Read more about Jennifer and the inspirations behind Christa’s Luck.
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