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Jules Thornton didn’t come to Ocala to make friends. She came to make a name for herself. Young, determined, and tough as nails, she’s been swapping stable-work for saddle-time since she was a little kid - and it hasn’t always been a fun ride. Forever the struggling rider in a sport for the wealthy, all Jules has on her side is talent and ambition. She’s certain all she ne ...more
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Published July 10th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 18th 2014)
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Jennifer L.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horse-fiction
I am avid reader and read everything from horse books to young adult books to training manuals. There isn’t much I won’t give a try, but when adult horse fiction gets into my hands, I’m pretty ecstatic. Natalie Keller Reinert recently released her newest novel called Ambition, and once I found out it was about eventing I was even more intrigued! If you haven’t read anything by Natalie yet, it is time!

Ambition is about a young woman, Jules Thornton, who has spent her life as a working student and
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Virginia Anderson
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Review: Natalie Keller Reinert's Ambition
Juliet (Jules) wants most of all to beat the big riders in the dangerous and highly competitive world of eventing. Working herself nearly to death on a shoestring, she's furious to be shut out for a prestigious grant by rich-guy Peter Morrison. Life keeps getting worse as her working student abandons her, a promising horse turns out to be suffering from an apparent psychosis, and a disastrous show experience starts sucking her clients away—and sending the
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Brittney
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horse-books-read
I 100% understand why Reinert titled this book "Ambition." I couldn't think of a better word to describe the main character, Jules, who is a broke, insanely-hard-working horse trainer trying to make her mark on the eventing industry. Jules drinks Diet Coke like a fiend, has a working student that doesn't respect her, rides through lightning storms so she can get all her horses worked, and vows to never date a horse trainer because she's certain he'd just tell her how to ride her horses. Yet she' ...more
Brittney
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horse-books-read
I 100% understand why Reinert titled this book "Ambition." I couldn't think of a better word to describe the main character, Jules, who is a broke, insanely-hard-working horse trainer trying to make her mark on the eventing industry. Jules drinks Diet Coke like a fiend, has a working student that doesn't respect her, rides through lightning storms so she can get all her horses worked, and vows to never date a horse trainer because she's certain he'd just tell her how to ride her horses. Yet she' ...more
Linda
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horses
This one grew into a page-turner for me, and I ignored chores and work of my own to find out what would happen. Why? Because I became so engrossed in the characters, both human and equine, that they felt very real to me, and I cared about them. Even Jules, the main character, whose behavior at the beginning of the story is less-than-stellar (and who we occasionally want to strangle)is a compelling character, because we want to see her grow, change, and learn to accept advice, criticism, love, an ...more
Mary Pagones
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While I'm not a professional equestrian, I do ride and one of the things I liked best about this book was the fact that the heroine Jules was such a tough broad and not afraid to be unlikable at times. This reflected the reality I've seen in the horse world: to survive you need to have a very tough skin. All too often in horse-themed books, the woman or girl has a very emotional and sentimental attitude towards animals in a way that I never see in real life among professional horsewomen. I also ...more
Ingrid
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I admit that the main character's stubborn ambition and insistence on independence to a fault irritated me, I appreciated her character development. Nothing like a hurricane to take away your false pride and leave you left standing with who you really are. Trauma has a way of revealing our innermost character. Additionally, the author Natalie knows horses, eventing, and dressage and her knowledge shows through. She also knows people and the characters in her books certainly come across as ...more
Susan
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horses
As much as Jules annoyed me, Peter, Mickey, Dynamo, Lacey, and Marcus made this a really fun read!
Sarah
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucky I didn’t give it three stars — as an avid rider and horse book connoisseur, this is a tough one. It’s quite obvious the author knows a lot about horses and it certainly was a refreshing read because of its legitimacy. Unfortunately, reading it was a bit repetitive in most paragraphs. I mean, most paragraphs were repetitive and told the same thing. I often read the same thought or emotion multiple times without reason. Catch my drift?

I think I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t so much
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Franci Wayland
Eye rolling

Some of this novel works but I found myself rolling my eyes constantly at the narrator and her approach to life. She's so sour and pessimistic and while it works in some respects to explain the motivation - she's such a pill that I just didn't care anymore.
* COAL
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well written

I was addicted to this book. I could definitely relate to Jules, even though I participate in showjumping and not eventing. The language is so fluid and descriptive. Really wonderful read. Will be picking up the rest of the series as well!
Mindy Beebe
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great series for horse crazy grown-up women!
Tudor Robins
OK, so this is the start of my new policy of not giving rankings, but rather writing what I think about books I read.

I find rankings so subjective to start with - so one person's five is another person's three - or so I think if I read their reviews.

Also, as a writer, I'm always second-guessing and hyper-aware of what the presence, or absence, of a star can do to another writer's psyche, and I think "who am I to judge", and, also, sometimes I'm focused on some really, small, picky aspect of a bo
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Emma
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, own
I love that Jules isn't your typical horse book heroine. In fact, she's the ultra-competitive, win-at-all-costs, almost resentful equestrian that most other horse book heroines look down on because her horses aren't her "omg totes BFFs." Well, Jules' horses are her BFFs, but she'd punch you in the face before she'd tell you that. Jules DGAF about being unlikable and she's unabashedly antisocial. Following her character development was absolutely fascinating, and not because she takes a turn at s ...more
Carmel Ann Sperti
Yes! Adult Equestrian Fiction!

Reinert does it again...this time in the Eventing world. Jules Thornton, the conflicted protagonist, learns lessons about life, love and horsemanship in this quick- moving, yet introspective book. The characters ate young adult professionals who live real life without sleaze or decadence, but with lots of lige lessons. I look forward to book 2!
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This is a difficult book for me to review. As you can clearly tell from my five star rating, I really really loved this book. But the protagonist was infuriatingly prideful and prejudiced, and the love interest was almost unrealistically obsessed with someone who had made it crystal clear that she despised him… But I still loved it. And I even loved the protagonist and the love interest (he wasn’t quite fleshed
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Meghan
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, horse-books, ebook
How to quantify this book? It's like watching a train wreck.... only you can't look away because you KNOW this person. You've worked with them at a barn, they're your trainer, they're your best horsie friend... Jules is what half the horse world is made up of. Scrappy, arrogant, and just enough of a human to make you root like crazy until the very end of the book. The horse stuff is refreshingly spot on. This book exudes hours in the barn, hours cleaning tack, hours riding the young horses. Well ...more
Jessica Deva
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, solid horse fiction.

Unlike some of the reviewers here, I enjoyed the main character and found her utterly relatable. Watching her change and grow was the best part of the story. This was not only written by someone who obviously knows horses, it was written by someone who can actually write - a rarity in this genre.
Kelsey
I'll try again later. Jules irritated me and seemed so whiny and self involved that I disliked her within the first few pages. I was skimming the pages by the second chapter. I felt like all the scenes (in the first 4-5 chapters I did make it through) were drawn out and over explained. I just was not feeling it at all.
Christine Meunier
Well titled, Ambition follows the desires and hard work of twenty one year old Jules Thornton. Jules wasn’t in the equine industry to make friends; in fact people seem a lot more work than her trustworthy equines. Ambitious to a fault, the young woman focuses all her energy... read the rest at http://equus-blog.com/ambition-by-nat...
Jenn
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may not exactly be a 5 star book, but I'm giving it 5 because I really enjoyed and would like to encourage the author to please write more horsey (eventing!) fiction aimed at adults! :)

It really was a good read - good characters, good horsey stuff!
Rebecca
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treehugger
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Refreshing to read a book by someone who clearly understands eventing. Very enjoyable, bought the sequel as soon as I finished this one.
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Author of contemporary equestrian fiction and historical romance.

After twenty years of working with countless horses in half-a-dozen disciplines, Natalie Keller Reinert settled down to write about Thoroughbreds. From the short stirrup classes at dusty hunter/jumper shows in Florida to the inner dirt at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City, it's always been about the Thoroughbreds. Natalie lives in
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