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Appaloosa Summer

(Island Series #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring.

Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident.

Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an isl
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by South Shore Publications
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Lisa Dunckley
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book!! Meg's horse that she trained herself drops dead under her while jumping. Her heart is broken, so she takes a job at an inn on an island for the summer. She's not expecting to find a horse in need of training, and she's not expecting to meet a guy. The guy, Jared, is one of the best things in this story. The author has created a GREAT character here! Who among us can resist the tall, kinda shy, cowboy with a great smile?? The romance between Meg and Jared is slow, charming, and reali ...more
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As soon as I see a book about horses, my expectations immediately drop to the ground; I’ve just read too many bad ones. You know the ones: an important competition, a rich girl who is weirdly competitive, and then the main character always wins everything.

Thankfully, this was not one of those books.

After losing her beloved horse Major at a jumping competition, Megan is heartbroken. She goes to an island off the coast of Canada to work for two family fri
Stephanie A.
Do you know what it's like to start reading a book and realize it feels like the book YOU would write, if you had that kind of focus?

Every sentence is so evocative, I found myself slowing down just so I could savor them. Despite its sad impetus, this is the setup of my teenage dreams, the kind of summer that at the beginning of every June, I still find myself wishing I could run away and live instead of going to my normal adult job. And it isn't just my dream setup for a summer -- this is absolu
I HAVE TO BUY EVERYTHING. Y'know... when I have more than $20 in my bank account. Lol. I'll be writing an actual review very soon!

On to the actual review!

Not so long ago, a twelve year old me was obsessed with horses and everything to do with them. I wanted nothing more than to own one, but it was not a viable option for a plethora of reasons: not the least the fact that they're so expensive. Now, because I couldn't actually get a horse, I did the next best thing: collected horse stuff! Books, s
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Appaloosa Summer - Book One of the Island Trilogy
Tudor Robins

Appaloosa Summer is a beautiful book. It was so much more than I was expecting. It is so much more than a story about a girl and a boy and a horse. But that's what it is at its heart, and it has so much heart.

Meg is shocked and devastated when her horse dies right in the middle of a show jumping competition. Unsure of what to do now and how to face the changes in her life she takes the chance to move back to her family's island cottag
May 29, 2014 added it
Shelves: on-hold, young-adult
On hold because I realised I can't hack another first person + present tense teenage girlie for the time being (just read one of those), which I find difficult at the best of times. I have a feeling for those who dig that style it's a really good book. I'll return to it another day.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of ‘Appaloosa Summer’ by Tudor Robins after I requested a copy on Netgalley. What immediately caught my eye when I was looking on Netgalley was the beautiful cover. I just loved it. After I read the description I decided to ask for a review copy and I’m so happy that I did.

In ‘Appaloosa Summer’ we meet Meg. Meg is a sixteen year old horse fanatic. When her own horse dies unexpectedly in the show ring, Meg is devastated. When Meg got asked to work in a beautiful B&B on the Isla
Ana Quiambao
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a relaxing story, a book you could read in the beach or just in bed waiting for sleep to come in, this is the book.

Meg’s horse Major died during a show and left Meg devastated. She decided to take the summer job in a B&B owned by their family friends in an island to take off her mind to major and her grief. Here, he met Jared, who is living in grief as well. Soon, they found themselves owning and training an Appaloosa horse that helped them overcome each of their grief in
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I started the first chapter of Appaloosa Summer, my stomach sank a little, thinking "oh no, this is going to be another show jumping book." While I enjoy reading about lots of different riding disciplines, it seems like a large portion of equine-fiction revolves around the jumping world...and, frankly, I get tired of it. BUT, I quickly realized this book was different. In the first chapter, the main character's horse dies - he collapses underneath her, just strides before a jump. THAT, I di ...more
Hallie Szott
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
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Tudor Robins’ Appaloosa Summer is a perfectly refreshing and lovely YA read. Virtually drama-free, this novel did not have me gasping in surprise, anxiously biting my nails or groaning in frustration as some YA novels are prone to do, and I really enjoyed its relaxed nature. Instead of action and angst, its plot develops out of the growth of characters and relationships – but it still pulled me in and urged me to turn pages, as all the characters are ea
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that just makes you happy after you read it. The story is quiet, one of pushing past loss and finding that life keeps going after traumatic events that shake your foundations.

Meg, our main character, is recovering from the loss of her horse, Major, who dies underneath her at a major show. She decides that the best way to accomplish this is to squirrel away in the family cottage for the summer, working for a B&B and getting as far from horses as possible. Of course, a
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I must admit, not like most horse stories. It's a very inspiring book that tells people you have to get right back on your feet. It started out when her horse died, since I love all animals, my eyes were tearing up. But it is really NOT a tissue book. I'm also a rider myself, I had lots of backround knowledge to know what Meg was doing all the time: Make it look effortless, while putting head and heart into working towards looking like it. This book really did deserve five stars.
C.P. Cabaniss
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horses, short, young-adult
This was a really cute read about a girl losing her horse and learning to open herself to new possibilities. The characters were fun and mostly believable. The horse aspect was explored quite as much as I might have liked, but was well constructed. A little bit of drama, but not overdone. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

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Very readable and sweet YA novel. I liked the author's prose.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am in a severe reading slump since months and sought out a horsey book to keep me going.
I found this on a list on goodreads and ordered it with free delivery. Well what a refreshing experience! It arrived on SUNDAY morning the day after, unbelievable. It was such a beautiful book, and having bought a lot of new books that have been frustrating to actually read because the quality was so low (looking at you, OUTLANDER paperback Diana gabaldon-shame on you!Pages as thin as a bible), I was surpri
Beatrice Rivers
Appaloosa Summer basically sums up my dream summer...

The dramatic beginning hooked me pretty much before the story had even started. Major Disaster, Meg's horse, died while being ridden by Meg, in a competition. I hate whoever named him. He seemed, in the short time that I got to know him, like a horse that you didn’t just ride, but a best friend.

I love horses, and when Salem come into the picture, I felt sorry for her – not only had she not been ridden or had an owner for a long time, but she
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For what it is, this was surprisingly good!

The characters had some layers and character.
She knows her horse stuff. I appreciated the (correct) technical detail.
There was a hunky love interest, but it didn't overwhelm the story plus it progressed at a far more realistic pace than I find these things usually do. I think the first kiss was only 75% into the book and, thankfully, it didn't turn the remaining 25% into a mixture of steamy moments and/or teenage relationship angst.

I'm tempted to contin
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Appaloosa Summer is a sweet story. Sometimes the conversations didn’t sound realistic and there were a handful of editing mistakes. I didn’t enjoy the parts giving the details about training the horse, but I am sure a horse lover would like it. I recommend this book to YA fans and people who love horses.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aaah I loved it!
I just love how the world of a human and horse mix in Tudor Robins’ books! They are the perfect mix, and because of it, the story feels so real!
Really enjoyed it, 4,5 out of 5 stars ♥️
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then, I love the nostalgia of a good horse novel.

This is one of those rare books that I read in one sitting, fell in love with the characters and cannot wait to start book two.

Highly reccomended for those who love horses or simply want a homely read that will warm your heart.
Carol Lynn
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You had me at 'Appaloosa "

Enjoyed this book, looking forward to the rest of the series . Goid characters and interoersonal/famiky rekationships.
And amused to see that I've already read Stonegate books .
Gale Holt
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable story about a girl and the horse that consoles her

Lovers of and riders of horses will enjoy this story. It gives a nice window into the world of training horses and riders.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free
It has its cute moments, but it is much more. Emotional, deep. Horsey YA but satisfying read for an adult. 5 star I think.
Alexandria Smith
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Just a simple, feel good, easy read book. Finished this in a day. Was just what I needed, something light and smile-inducing.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy and a simple read but certainly didn't expect to fall in love with this book like I did!! I devoured this book and officially have downloaded the last 3 ebooks in the series and might even just buy the whole series in paperback!

Appaloosa Summer: Island Trilogy, Book 1
: Tudor Robins

A sweet clean YA book about learning to live your life while you are grieving and after. Frienships, responsibilities, and more are featured for the horse lover or anyone in general. Even after a sad beginning the story makes you want to know what's next.

The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Cody Schreger gave an exciting performance.

"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, p
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Remember this. Lock this way; seal it up tight. Hold on to it.
Appaloosa summer exceeded my expectations. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's very, very difficult to find a good book with horses that isn't completely predictable, cliché and childish. So, the fact that this was a story with good characters and for the most part seemed to know what it was talking about on the horse-front makes me very pleased indeed. I was also afraid of how romance-based the story could end up being, espe
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This was an amazing book. I wholeheartedly enjoyed it. Ms. Robins knows her horses, creates fantastic characters, a unique and enthralling plot that made it nearly impossible to put down, a sweet romance, and a happy ending. This book was engaging. I would just sit down and read page after page after page, and it would take all my willpower to close the book and be prod
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

It's been a while since I have read a horsey book, so when I saw this, I had to read it and now I want to pull on my old boots, zip up my chaps and go find a horse to ride.

This book had me crying from the start and as a horse lover myself, I felt Meg's loss and understood that losing such an intergral part of you changes how you look at your life. I liked that she didn't throw a pity party for herself but moved on while still feeling the loss of her companion. I really liked Meg and I felt
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