Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: Finding Daylight

Title: Finding Daylight
Author: Mara Dabrishus
Page Count: 351
My Rating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Georgie Quinn and the filly Sweet Bells are an unbeatable team. When they win the Breeders’ Cup Classic against colts, the world can’t seem to get enough. Overnight, Georgie becomes the face of horse racing, and Sweet Bells becomes its queen.

Although they’re the morning line favorites, Georgie feels like she’s barely keeping her head above water. Her parents’ farm is a crumbling has-been, her jockey career consumes her time, and Harris Armstrong, heir to Tupelo Stud and grandson of Sweet Bells’ owner, won’t forgive her for telling a lie that kept her family together as the truth ripped his apart.

Georgie refuses to apologize, so she’s stunned when Harris asks her to ride his new colt. The most tenuous partnership in racing has begun. One that threatens to swallow Georgie whole.

I loved it! Mara Dabrishus always has a way of evoking the time of my life when I was obsessed with horse movies and stories. It is also always such a pleasure to read a horse book by someone who really knows their stuff. As a person who's ridden most of my life, I can tell pretty quickly when an author might not know horses or hasn't done their research. Mara Dabrishus knows horses and the sport of horse racing and it shows.

I also really appreciate the different story lines Dabrishus weaves throughout "Finding Daylight." There is Georgie's horse riding career, but there are also narratives about her love life, friendships, and family that all interweave really well!

If I were going to criticize anything, it would be that towards the middle of the book it felt like I was just reading about a series of different races. And while the other plot lines were moving forward, the pace seemed to lull a bit and I was waiting for something big to raise the stakes that didn't necessarily have to do with racing. (I got that in spades later, I just had to read a bit more).

If you are looking for a great horse book, look no further. You should also check out this author's other books like Stay the Distance, which I have also reviewed. She knows horses, and she also knows how to tell compelling stories. So it would definitely be worth your while to pick up a copy of one of her books!

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