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Show Barn Blues

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Grace has built her life on show horses. It's been a good life, too -- she mounts her wealthy students on European warmbloods, competes her horses on Florida's rigorous A-circuit, and runs the nicest barn in the neighborhood. Then, suddenly, it's the only barn in the neighborhood.

As Grace's country town becomes a sun-drenched playground of pools and golf courses, she vow
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published September 5th 2015
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Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horsie-fiction
Loved this book! What an interesting, behind-the-scenes look at a high end show barn. Grace was such a strong leading character I felt very much invested in her story arc. Fun too that she was an older lady instead of the often more typical "young, beautiful heroine" - her complete acceptance of her age and her comfortable-in-her-own skin demeanor was a breath of fresh air. Also love how this book ultimately line up with the Eventing series.
Mary Pagones
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Show Barn Blues brilliantly captures the bizarre social dynamic present at so many show barns: on one hand, on some level most professionals who work with horses are passionate about riding, otherwise they wouldn’t put up with the long hours, danger, and financial instability that is an inevitable part of the horse industry. On the other hand, staying in business means showing almost constantly and the decision to show is seldom a reflection of the amateur rider’s competence or the horse’s welfa ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was pretty entertaining! I'd love a sequel :)
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
some spoilers. I started out liking the book but by the middle I finished it only out of curiousity. Grace, the owner let a boarder walk all over her, insult her, because she needed the boarder money. No pride? Then when the boarder endangered the entire farm either directly or indirectly, She STILL let her stay. The boarder ended up selling her horse but it was by no means because of the trouble she caused, and her daughter was still taking lessons there. I also didn't like the way Grace treate ...more
Belinda-Jane Thurman
This book left me cold. I am sorry but it was not written from a good perspective- the characters were shallow and insipid and there was not enough detail in the horse training/ showing. Some of us are not familiar with American ways of Equitation- so I was disapointed to say the least.
Unfortunately I got very bored reading this and the most exciting part was the fire - the gallop home was much better, but then there was too much dialog before you found out the fire brigade has been called and t
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Bought this Kindle edition on the back of the Jules Thornton series, I didn’t enjoy it as much as that Pre mentioned series. The story of Grace, a hardnosed horse trainer who is trying to keep her horse barn and land from being taken over by land developers.
Heidi L Brandt
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sequel it needs one, I was so not ready for Graces story to end!
Carly Kade
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed that this story is about a horse trainer holding onto her land against the evil land developers!
Mrs. Lapacka
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The writing here isn't the best I've seen, but it was certainly fun to spend a few days in a 'horsey' world. Horse people will enjoy this.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 stars for normal people. 5 stars if you're a crazy horse person like me. If you're looking for a realistic portrayal of barn life, this is it. The ending felt a bit open ended so hopefully a sequel is in the works but overall loved it and couldnt put it down.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I read this book after reading Pride (even though it was published before), and it didn't make a difference at all. It just read like extremely well-detailed backstory. I loved the struggle Grace faced on a daily basis with handling her students' every question or complaint, and the ever-looming development companies constantly drowning her in brochures and unwarranted visits. Add the usual stress of round-the-clock horse care and ever-piling bills, and it was a realistic (though not dream-crush ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read because of the characters involved and the typical attitude that my daughter and I used to call "as the barn turns". The descriptions of Florida were quite a bit different in "Blues"than in many of my previous horsy type books. Look forward toa few more of these quick reads.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Natalie's books!
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Satisfying, enjoyable, fun. Learned a lot about Florida. Nice how the story intertwines with Jules's story.
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one. Having grown up watching my riding country shrink through ever-encroaching development, I totally related to the main character and her feelings of despair as the land around her changes rapidly. Memorable characters, both human and equine, shine in this book. A very good read!
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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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