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Staying the Distance

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Rachel Duncan, a Montana rancher, has led a self-sufficient life and kept her complications of the heart to a minimum. She is as tough as her horses and believes nothing can stop her from winning the one-hundred-mile in one day horse race, the Tevis Cup. She has a horse who can do the job, the Arabian mare, Kestrel. The element of the team she isn’t so sure of is her new v ...more
Published May 17th 2016 by Bold Strokes Books (first published February 1st 1994)
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Diane Wallace
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read! a storyline focus or centered on horse activities and less on romance in addition the author wrote more about the racing of horses and the up-keep plus even the taking care of them etc. This story had a mixture of everything:- strong and endearing characters and a good ending. Highly recommend to everyone
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel is fine with her current life but things change when her usual veterinarian sold his practice to a woman named Margaret. At first, Rachel doesn't think that Margaret is up for the job because she's a woman but changes her mind as she gets to know her. Rachel and her horse, Kesla, is set to enter the Tevis Cup race.

Overall, the characters were likable, oh how I hated Dwight, however brief he was in the book. I would've liked to have read more about Margaret and Kate.

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Becky Spears
3.5 stars

When I bought this book there were no reviews and I had never read anything by this author so I wasn't sure what to expect. First the writing is done very well, almost poetic in some parts. For that alone the book is 5 stars. But the story itself I found slow and boring at points and found myself skimming paragraphs to get to something more interesting. I think you really have to be into horses and all they entail to really enjoy this. The romance took up the first part of the book and
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This was an ok read; I did love how the Trevis cup was placed through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, especially as I was laying on the beach in Tahoe when I was reading this. Though I felt as if Rachel and Margaret moved way to fast. In the beginning, Rachel had negative feelings for strong women in general, and then the problems with denying her sexuality for years, and yet she was able to sleep with Margaret with no second thoughts. There was a lot of good i ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not into horses, but you tend to get strong female characters in any lesbian story set in the country. I had a good sense of escapism with this plot. Franci's descriptive writing enabled me to visualize the story including the scenery, the hard graft, and the accident. So with this in mind I was disappointed that the story ended so abruptly without knowing what happened to Margaret and Rachel when they returned, and if Rachel got any recognition for her achievements in the competition and fo ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good characters. The story was good. The romance eh.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I received a copy of this book from Inked Rainbow Reads in return for an honest review.
I wasn't sure I liked this book at first. Things seemed to move fairly easily for the two mains, Rachel and Margaret. They're drawn to each other from the start, even though Margaret is trying to protect her heart, and Rachel doesn't even realize she's gay. Despite both of these things, the two move inexorably closer to each other. After an initial struggle, Rachel seems to accept her own homosexuality and att
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-books
I received an copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review.


Firstly, this book seems to have been published before - so just to be clear, the copy I received was the latest issue published in 2016.

Well, what did I think? Good and bad.

Good - interesting characters, if rather broadly drawn. Wanted to know much more about Kate and much less about Rachel and how tough and closed off she was. Margaret we seem to barely meet before she and Rachel are in love.

Tori Miller
3.5 Stars

Rachel and Margaret were interesting ladies to get to know. The story pulled me in immediately and I was intrigued by Rachel. I enjoyed watching the budding romance. And I especially like the addition of Kate; she was a great supporting character.

However I lost interest in the larger story in the middle of all of the details. It was great to have the landscape and the locations described in such great detail. I loved that the author was so knowledgeable about horses; as someone that kno
Margaret L. Hedman
I loved this book.

I really enjoyed this book. The setting out in the American west is great. It is difficult to read about the problems Rachel has during the competition. But well written and very believable.
Martha Brindley
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a horse lover, I loved this book. Good descriptive writing and I loved the setting. The ending was just a bit rushed but overall a good read about horses and women. Thank you Net Galley for my copy.
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ok I really like this one. I loved the storyline and characters. Being a horse lover I loved it. But what I didn't like is how it ended. Hello way to many questions unanswered. I hope there's another book coming.
Teri Rowe
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about women & horses.
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Franci McMahon mines her years of riding and breeding horses to write novels of suspense for even those unlucky enough to be born without the horse gene. Rounding out her life as a writer, she has a previous novel, many works in anthologies, stories for children and adults in national magazines, a poetry prize, and an enriching stay at Hedgebrook. Beyond horses, Franci's life is filled with classi ...more