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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Fiction. Nikole Swensen has the drive and raw talent to compete in the rigorous sport of horse eventing and win. But fear holds her back from realizing her full potential. So her husband, a wealthy Vermont landowner, hires Gabe, a gifted former eventer, half paralyzed from a jumping accident. Before long, a powerful spiritual and physical attraction develops between Nikki ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published March 16th 2016 by New Rivers Press (first published February 1st 2016)
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Leslie Lawrence
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get into this book because
I'm not a horse person. Well, let's say I WASN'T a horse person.
Though I'm not yet through the book, I've already been smitten
by the depth, subtlety and eros that Hope brings to her renditions of
what it's like to train for jumping. More important, Hope shows
how attraction between humans grows--its intricacies, its quirks, its
tidal moments. Her writing is gorgeous. Long sentences gain power, mimicking
the excitement of preparing for and ex
Lisa Galicia
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Extremely disappointed in this book. Aside from all the numerous spelling and grammatical errors, which there were many, there was no character development. The characters were all one dimensional and the whole story could have been told in 50pages if the characters actually spoke to each other and not dance around everything. The description of the horses were beautiful though. And there was a twist at the end I didn't see coming, but how the book ended after the twist was just wrong. ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lee Hope’s richly imagined and ambitious novel HORSEFEVER is primarily about marital jealousy, as Cliff, a wealthy mid-life husband and owner of a VT horse farm, hires a new trainer for his wife, Nikole, who aspires to win at formal dressage and jumping events. The trainer, Gabe, has been crippled in a fall that ended his show-riding career, but as a past master, sees talent in Nikole and wants her to pursue perfection at any cost. He has “no patience for dilettantes.” The more the trainer and N ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great, sexy novel -- not just for horse lovers!
Jackie Clayton
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read! I really enjoyed the characters in this book. What I loved most is that Lee Hope accomplished writing with a really compelling close third person omniscient voice that changed depending on who each chapter was about. I also think Lee Hope accomplished writing a very moving novel with only three main characters and very few side characters.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nikki is horse-crazy; her passion for horse eventing is also about testing herself – body and soul – and her marriage. With language that sizzles and a story that races across the competition courses and the Vermont countryside, HORSEFEVER follows as Nikki’s obsession has profound effects on the people close to her.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quiet. Compelling. I'm already a fan of horsey books, but this one is different, somehow. Sneaks up on you. You wonder how it goes by so fast. ...more
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Lee Hope, author of Horsefever (New Rivers Press, November 2015), is editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her fiction has received grants from both the Maine and the Pennsylvania Arts Commissions.

Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, such as: Witness, The North American Review, Epiphany, and Sou’wester. Her short story “What To Take In Case of F

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