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The Horse Dancer

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  9,045 Ratings  ·  884 Reviews
In a hidden corner of London, Henri Lachapelle is teaching his granddaughter and her horse to defy gravity, just as he had done in France, fifty years previously. But when disaster strikes, fourteen-year-old Sarah is left to fend for herself.

Forced to share a house with her charismatic ex-husband, her professional judgement called into question, lawyer Natasha Macauley's
Paperback, 518 pages
Published 2010 by Hodder (first published 2009)
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Peebee Given that one of the main characters is 14, I think it definitely would be.
Amy It was published in 2009 in UK, now published in paperback by Penguin in 2017.

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Rosie Review
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Finally a book which correctly describes my feeling and bond I have with my horse. I was lucky enough to have lessons with well known Classical Dressage instructor – and what JoJo has captured is so true and correct. Her acknowledgements dedicate this book to Mecca Harris a real life Sarah who was tragically murdered. I found the book so moving, and gripping. I could relate to it totally, the sacrifices made to be able to have a horse, the rewards and partnership you can have when you get it rig ...more
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I’m not a horse person but have always been fascinated by these magnificent animals and the people obsessed with them. One of the things that worked about this story is how you didn’t need to have background information to appreciate the world, conflicts and issues.

Henri Lachappelle was part of an elite French calvary skilled in an art form of dressage dating back over 250 years. He’s a widow living with his 14-year old granddaughter, Sarah, who he’s training
Jan 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I've enjoyed other Jojo Moyes novels, but I found this one to be inane. So much of its conflict was unrealistic. Would an ex-husband and wife share their house together and accept a foster child? Would people give a woman a hard time for prioritizing her runaway foster child? Would a 14-year-old girl really prepare to prostitute herself for back rent without even trying to ask for help? Why did Cowboy John smoke dope in a car? How could a rider and horse run along a freeway and jump over a car? ...more
RoseMary Achey
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Something was "off" about the main characters in this novel. They were not 100% solid or fleshed out properly. A story of several characters learning to trust after a traumatic events the novel takes place in contemporary London. A young couple are in the midst of a divorce when a 14 year old foster child enters their lives.

It is an enjoyable enough read, not just one of those books you want to tell all your friends about.
Karen ⊰✿
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel so sad marking a Moyes book as 2 stars. Maybe it is 2.5. But I was so disappointed with this book, it is a far cry from the other 8 books of hers I have read.
Mostly the book was too long, and not much happened. The things that did happen I didn't find overly believable and one of the main characters was just annoying and frustrating. There was also some strange flashbacks to the Grandfather as a prologue and later in the book that I felt unnecessary. Just a bit of a mess of a novel really
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolut umwerfend, definitiv mein zweitliebstes Buch von Jojo Moyes! Sie hat mich damit richtiggehend bezaubert!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Moyes è tornata in pompa magna! FINALMENTE! Con una trama che riesce ha far si che due storie, apparentemente distinte, possano fondersi in un’avventura straordinaria!
Questa è la storia di Sarah un 14enne introversa, ma abile cavallerizza che si vede costretta a prendersi cura del suo amato Boo da sola, perché suo nonno è stato colpito da un ictus. È la storia di Natasha, avvocato talentuoso, divorata dalla consapevolezza e dalla delusione di non poter essere madre. È la storia anche di Mac,
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بعد از کشتی نوعروسان، کتابی بود نوشته جو جو مویز که من را از هیجان از جا می پراند.
من چقدر نوشته های این خانم را دوست دارم.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auch diese Geschichte von Jojo Moyes ist echt toll. Besonders auch für Pferdeliebhaber. Mittendrin sind die Bücher leider immer etwas zäh aber ansonsten top.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teleurgesteld... het verhaal is mooi, maar het is zo langdradig en traag... ik ergerde me op veel punten aan de personages en het was allemaal zo voorspelbaar en overdreven dramatisch... echt jammer, blijkbaar kan geen enkel Moyes-boek tippen aan Voor jou. Behalve Vier plus één. Maar goed. Uitgebreide recensie:
Irene Rauch
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man muss kein Pferdenarr sein um dieses Buch zu lieben! Die Geschichte war einfach toll! Und auch so realistisch. Das hätte alles wirklich so passieren können. Auch die Charaktere mochte ich sehr. Ich bin begeistert!
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
As a young man, Henri Lachapelle is the star of La Cadre Noir, an elite group of horsemen in the French city of Saumur. But when he meets Florence, it’s love at first sight and he gives it all up to be with her in England. Now, he lives on a London estate with his granddaughter Sarah but his dream lives on. In a stable under railway arches, lives Boo, a Selle Francais he bought as a colt for Sarah; together they train him and he gives them purpose. But when Henri suffers a stroke, Sarah must go ...more
Elizabeth Moffat
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
In my quest to read one of my favourite authors back catalogue, The Horse Dancer was next on the list and, I have to be honest, was a book I was quite wary about reading. I'm not really a "horsey" kind of girl although I love animals but rest assured, you don't have to know a whole lot about horses to appreciate this lovely, uplifting novel. As with many of Jojo's books we have two stories running concurrently and we hear the points of view of many of the main characters alternately. The first s ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Horse Dancer was a beautiful book and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Jojo Moyes really is a talented author who manages to weave her words into your mindset and turn her characters into your friends/colleagues/acquaintances; they really could be people from your life.

As someone who has horses featuring largely within my own life, I don't always enjoy reading books about horses or with horses featured, mainly because lack of knowledge, and therefore incorrect content, on the authors part
Joyce Kleine
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow wat een mooi verhaal
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, own
Das war jetzt mein fünftes gelesenes Buch der Autorin und ich muss leider sagen, dass ich es von allen bisher am schlechtesten fand.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, read-in-german
Vorhersehbar und das meiste Handeln der Protagonisten nervig und nicht nachvollziehbar. Ich kann nicht Verstehen, dass man so wenig miteinander kommuniziert
Suzn F
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have the Hankies Nearby!~I dare the reader/listener to keep a dry eye. This book about a young girl and her horse and her foster "family" made me feel and held my interest every in chapter. Jojo Moyes is becoming a favorite for me. This is the second book from this author I've truly enjoyed. And this one had a horse as a main character who develops a unique bond with his young rider. This is a story with adventure, family bonds, romance, betrayal, danger and redemption. I so enjoy a book that in ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fiction
3.5 stars. "The Horse Dancer" is the story of Tash and Mac and their marriage that is falling apart. It's the story of Sarah, a young teenager, whose grandfather gets sick and threatens to rip apart the only thing that has given her life stability: her love of horseback writing. Told with Moyes' signature heart and memorable characters, this book will drag your heart through the mud and leave you with hope and happiness.

I'm not a horse fan but I am an animal lover. I loved the bond that Sarah ha
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem ich die Bücher von Jojo Moyes nicht immer mochte ("Ein ganzes halbes Jahr") stach da schon positiv heraus, ging ich mit relativ niedrigen Erwartungen an diesen Roman heran.
Doch obwohl mich Pferde nicht sonderlich interessieren, die hier definitiv eine Rolle spielen und obwohl die Konstellation aus verlorenem Kind und unglücklichem Ehepaar sicherlich neu ist - es konnte mich überzeugen. Kein Kitsch, sympathische Protagonisten und eine leichtfüßige Erzählweise machen es durchaus lesenswert
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jojo è tornata.
Col botto.
Partiamo da principio, conosco questa autrice e ormai ho letto un discreto numero di suoi romanzi dopotutto. Le emozioni che mi ha dato questo mi hanno davvero travolta e ho ritrovato la delicatezza della Moyes in tutto il suo splendore.
La storia comprende una serie di personaggi: il nonno Henry, la piccola demoniaca Sarah, l'avvocatessa di ghiaccio Natasha e Mac.
Le loro strade si intrecciano quando Natasha si "accolla" la responsabilità di Sarah, insieme a Mac, il suo q
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
4.5 stars
Meg - A Bookish Affair
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction
3.5 stars. "The Horse Dancer" is the story of Tash and Mac and their marriage that is falling apart. It's the story of Sarah, a young teenager, whose grandfather gets sick and threatens to rip apart the only thing that has given her life stability: her love of horseback writing. Told with Moyes' signature heart and memorable characters, this book will drag your heart through the mud and leave you with hope and happiness.

I'm not a horse fan but I am an animal lover. I loved the bond that Sarah ha
Patrice Van Trigt
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ze hebben alleen elkaar nog. Sarah en haar opa Henri. Samen wonen ze in een flatje waar materiële rijkdom totaal aan hen voorbij is gegaan. Hun momenten van geluk beleven ze het meest intens op de bijzondere stadsmanege van Cowboy John, een aparte verschijning. Sarah is op haar best en het meest gelukkig wanneer ze met haar paard Boo is, iedere vrije minuut brengt ze dan ook daar door. Het is niet onopgemerkt gebleven dat Sarah een zeer getalenteerd amazone is. Wat hem zelf vroeger niet is geluk ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I love me some Jojo Moyes. I’ve read a ton of her stuff. I follow her on Twitter & I think she’s smart, lovely & her stories stick with me. I often think about the whales from Silver Bay. The crazy road trip in One Plus One with Jess & her son was a perfect summer read. Me Before You & After You were both so amazing & I still think of Lou when I see a pair of crazy shoes. The Girl You Left Beh
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning. It took me about 75 pages to get into. I was shocked, especially since I have enjoyed other books by this author. I ended up totally getting into the story, glad I stuck with it. A great book about 14 year old Sarah, her horse (Boo), and the struggles she overcomes. Strong, emotional book. Yep, you guessed made me cry in several places! Would I recommend this? Absolutely!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I really wanted to like this book because I really like Jojo Moyes as a writer, but I could not get into it, and did not even finish the book. The story takes place in two different time periods, and the story of Florence (the story in the past) was very boring.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
4.5/5. There was so much drama involved in this book, but the ending...... It was all I could have wished for. Such a lovely book~
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
پس از خواندن رمان های
#میوه_خارجی .

نوبت به خواندن رمان دیگری از این نویسنده رسید.ترجمه ی این کتاب راخانم #مریم_مفتاحی عزیز😍 که بهترین مترجم آثار#جوجو_مویز در ایران هستند؛انجام داده اند و #نشر_آموت آن را به چاپ رسانده است.
رمان #اسب_رقصان داستان دختر نوجوان سوارکاری است که پدربزرگش در لندن به او حرکات نمایشی با #اسب را می آموزد.پدربزرگی که در ایام جوانی در کشور خودش،فرانسه،در یک آموزشگاه سوارکاری مخصوص نخبگان تعلیم دیده است.
اما مشکلاتی پیش می آید که سارا مجبور
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tak tohle se bohužel moc nepovedlo. Většinu předchozích knih Jojo Moyes jsem si zamilovala, ale Krasojezdkyně mě vůbec nebavila. Bylo to zbytečně dlouhé, vzhledem k tomu, že se tam skoro nic nestalo. Postavy byly takové ploché, nijaké a upřímně mi na nich vůbec nezáleželo a dějová linie taky nic moc. Nevím, fakt jsem od toho čekala víc, protože je to Moyesová, takže asi proto to velké zklamání. Ale tak asi nemůžu milovat všechny její knihy, že.
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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

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