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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
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Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published September 5th 2015
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Janeway
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. ...more
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
Jenn
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was pretty entertaining! I'd love a sequel :) ...more
Carolyn
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Show Barn Blues by Natalie Keller Reinert is a realistic fiction book based in Orlando, Florida at a show barn called Seabreeze Equestrian Center and is set around the main character Grace. Grace faces many problems throughout the book including financial hardships and industrialization of the sacred land surrounding her. As Grace struggles to come to terms with the fact that Orlando isn’t what is used to be as it I being built up. , she must figure out a way to keep the barn she loves alive as ...more
Kim
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
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Seadaz
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.
Jane Callahan
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love these books -as a horse girl. Might not be everyones cup of tea. Very light but engaging, brings you into the fantasy of working with horses every day , without all the work of working with horses every day.
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. ...more
Jessica
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. ...more
Emma
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ebooks
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
Susannah
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. ...more
SHERRY
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Natalie's books! ...more
treehugger
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. ...more
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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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Natalie Keller Reinert is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books exploring love, human nature, and the passions which make us tick. With an extensive equestrian background, many of her books are set in the world of horses and horse-people. Drawing on her professional experience working with Thoroughbred racehorses, mounted patrol horses, therapeutic riding, three-day-eventing, and man ...more

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