Let me say at the outset that I am not a "horse person" nor do I know anything about the world of show horses. So, why, you might ask, did I purchase this book? I did it quite simply because of the author. Some time back, on a whim, I picked up C. L. Heckman's debut novel, Charlie's Pond and once I started reading could not put it down until the final "The End". So, I wanted to see what she was up to here with Park Trot. I was not disappointed.
From the first page, I was hooked. Heckman writes with such clarity it was easy to become wrapped up in this wonderful coming-of-age tale. The lead character, Lynn, is a young woman who loves horses but lacks the confidence needed to believe that she could ever succeed in the show ring. Through Heckman's masterful prose, the reader gets to join this young woman on her journey to discover the courage and maturity that lie deep within her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it most highly to teens, young adults, and adults alike. It is a wonderful read!