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Flying Changes

(Clearwater Bay #1)

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When Jay moves from her home in England to live with her estranged father in rural New Zealand, it is only his promise of a pony of her own that convinces her to leave her old life behind and start over in a new country.

Change doesn’t come easily at first, and Jay makes as many enemies as she does friends before she finds the perfect pony, who seems destined to make her dr
Paperback, 259 pages
Published 2011 by Xlibris Corporation
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot despite it dragging between middle and end somewhat with the endless descriptions of show jumping competitions (but hats off to Lattey, her writing style kept me reading through them rather than skipping pages, which is quite an achievement) and despite some very questionable details around Jay's characterisation as a 'Brit'. (For the record: British girls are seldom prissy and pretty much all utterly used to rubbish Victorian plumbing where the water suddenly runs cold and 99 ...more
Diana Angell
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clearwater Bay #1 Review

It took me several chapters to get into the story, but I am happy I did. Some of the language was different than what I am used to, which made me pay attention. The slang bogged me down, but after awhile it became more familiar and easier to read. Towards the end of the book the characters were fully developed and it felt like I was living life with them. I found myself vested in the story and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I love a good ending and this one do
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish Goodreads would let me choose 4.5 stars so I can leave half a star in case Clearwater Bay 2 is even better than Clearwater Bay 1.

I enjoyed this book very much; it took me back to my teenage years.
The characters are realistic, the NZ horse scene was entertaining and I am now impatiently waiting for 'Against the clock' to be released in April.

I would recommend this book for YA readers, and even adults, who enjoy 'pony books'.

Clare O'Beara
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed reading Flying Changes, about a girl whose life changes drastically. Jay grew up in England. Her mum has died so she goes to New Zealand to live with the father she has not seen since she was four - she's now fourteen. The bribe to get her here was the promise of a pony of her own.

The first half of the book is occupied with Jay getting used to the wild, open countryside, the beach and the people, her gruff father included. Cooking and housekeeping are not his strong points. Well, t
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Argh! I seriously wish I had discovered Kate Lattey like 5 years from now - I've now read all she has out so far and am going to go crazy waiting for the next! The Clearwater bay series is aimed a bit younger than the 2 Dream books, but that doesn't make it any less of an awesome read. She's excellent with characters - especially w/ YA I usually find that the main character has something that REALLY annoys me, but so far that has happened with Lattey's books. And her horses are as well-developed ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super cool book for the avid horse lover!
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Kate lives in Waikanae, New Zealand, and has ridden horses since the age of 10. After several years competing as a teenager, she went on to work with horses in England, Ireland and the United States, as well as various horse jobs in New Zealand.

Kate's published works include the Dare to Dream series, the Clearwater Bay series, and the new Pony Jumpers series. All of her books tie into one another

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“It’s a beautiful morning that’s promising to be stinking hot by the afternoon. We ride the ponies down to the warm-up ring, surrounded by horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes, Alec calling out greetings to people he knows. I love everything about the atmosphere of a horse show. The smell of crushed grass, the drum of hoofbeats across the ground, the clatter of the poles coming down, the scattered applause from spectators.” 1 likes
“While their drive is to get a clear round, to jump the highest, turn the tightest, beat the clock and win the class, it’s their horses who are the real stars. They have to be quick and clever and able to get themselves out of trouble, so that if they come in on the wrong stride and scramble over a fence nearly unseated, or if their horse knocks the back rail and it bounces in the cups but doesn’t hit the ground, they can still win. The excitement, the gasping of the crowd, the exhilaration of knowing that anything can happen on the day because every horse is only as good as the round they’ve just jumped. There’s no biased judging here, they either jump clean or they don’t. And nothing beats the exhilaration of a clear round in the jump-off. Riding against the clock, turning as tight as they possibly can around the course without knocking a single fence, then racing for the flags, urging their horses on, nosing through the finish, knowing that every moment counts. They bring the horse slowly back to a walk, straining their ears to hear the announcer tell everyone that theirs is now the time to beat, and then wait through the impossibly long minutes as the rest of the class jumps. Friends become the opposition, and they watch them go, desperately hoping they will take out a rail or miss their striding, anything that will ensure that they take home the win today. I want to join their ranks, to become part of that world. I just need the pony to take me there.” 0 likes
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