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Horses of the Sun (Outback Riders #1)

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Sunhaven Downs, a drought ravaged cattle station in outback Australia, is the home of Dane, Lani and Matthew Winter, three young outback riders whose lives revolve around their horses. When their city cousin, Amy King, comes to live with them for a year and declares she hates horses, they know their year will be ruined. What they don't know is that Amy has a secret - a sec ...more
Paperback, 98 pages
Published December 10th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published November 24th 2011)
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Rebecca McNutt
Horses of the Sun is an incredible horse-themed, rural-set story, but it's also one about family and friendship. Written simplistically yet vibrantly, it's a great book for younger readers.
Mar 11, 2012 Emilie added it
Shelves: giveaways
Won this copy from GoodReads Giveaways :)

I returned to childhood while reading this book. When I was around 12 all I did was reading stories about horses, because they were awesome and the only thing worth reading about.

Okay so I dropped that the older I got. I'm not even a horse person anymore, I think that disappeared when I was 16. Nevertheless horses will always be special creatures.

Anyway, when I started reading this book it came to me quickly that it was a book I would have read if I wa
Rose Cimarron
Jun 15, 2012 Rose Cimarron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10 upwards
I read this delightful book in an afternoon. I thought it was well written, although the "she didn't realise that she would need this when disater struck" comments at the end of each of the early chapters was a little annoying. The plot moved along nicely with most of the actions staying within the bounds of reality. I found some of the "epilogue" actions a little unlikely, but hey, it all felt good!

This is exactly to sort of book I devoured as a child and I'm sure will be loved by today's child
Norma M.
Nov 21, 2014 Norma M. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
One of the best stories I've read in a long time. Living in an area that often talks about the Brown Mountain Lights (North Carolina, USA) I found it interesting that Australia has something similar :-)
Jun 20, 2013 Tanya rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
Good for teenagers, but heavy parts, so best to know the maturity of a younger reader and if they can handle grief. Reinforces the value of family and the message of showing your love for others because life can be too short.

Not planning to continue the series, though if I were horse-crazy, I could see the appeal. I read this for the animal challenge (goal to read six stories with an animal in the title).
Feb 03, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize this was written for young adults. I just thought the blurb I read on it sounded interesting. I LOVED it. The story takes place in Australia and centers around a young girl that is sent to live with her aunt in the outback and doesn't want to be there. Interesting how the story unfolds. I was disappointed that it was so short.
Aug 17, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
Dane, Lani, and Matthew live on a ranch in Australia. They are horse crazy. When their cousin Amy comes to stay with them, they don't know what to do with her snobby city attitude and apparent hatred of horses. When disaster strikes, they must all pull together though.

Fun read, especially if you do like horses.
May 28, 2012 Valerie rated it it was ok
The book, although mildly entertaining, was aimed at a much younger target audience than I first anticipated. The story line was a bit too predictable with a "happily ever after" type of ending. When are writers going to realize life is not like that and it's okay for a book to end on a sad note?
Janet Best
Jan 16, 2012 Janet Best rated it it was amazing
My favourite books are those about horses which are written by people who actually understand horses (very annoying to have non-horse people write about them). My children loved this one and I enjoyed it too. Well written and exciting.
Cristine Strickland
Read as a preview for my eight year old daughter. Found it an acceptable read for that age. No language or sexual situations.
Betty Macy
Apr 13, 2013 Betty Macy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned
I agree that the youth crowd will love this book and adults will also enjoy it, particularly the horse lovers.
Beth Erwin
Nov 14, 2013 Beth Erwin rated it really liked it
Although classified as YA fiction, I enjoyed the story and the characters. This was a good night's read.
Kathleen Trainor
Oct 23, 2012 Kathleen Trainor rated it it was amazing
It was a very good short story. One I wanted to finish all in one sitting.. Tear jerker horse story.
Oct 20, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Excellent storyline and fast moving. It involved horses -what more can you ask for?
May 29, 2013 Kath rated it it was amazing
Great read. This would be excellent for the horse crazy teen or preteen.
Feb 13, 2013 Donna rated it it was ok
Nice but better for young readers.
Jun 03, 2012 Nikki rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, fiction
Cute but incredibly predictable
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