A Review of Half Pass by Astrid Amara

review I am a fan of Astrid Amara’s books and this is no exception. What a pleasure to read a book set in the equestrian world of dressage barns and boarders by someone who knows horses and the politics of boarding. She has all the details exactly right, from the quirks of various horses to the drama of the boarders. Then on top of that she has created wonderful characters to populate that world of Serenity Stables in the Pacific Northwest. complete with renown trainer, Estevan Souza.

Paul King has just inherited the above mentioned stable from his beloved Aunt Beth at just the time in his life where he has been dumped by his lover and also out of a job (his lover was also his boss). Now he has to contend with a stable losing money, a motley crew of boarders and barn help as well as a past accident that has left him with a fear of horses. Now add a mystery into the brew, stir, and you have a great story that you won’t want to put down until it is finished. Then you want it to go on because the people in these pages and the horses have come to mean something to you.

I hope that she revisits this world as I would love to see how the horses, people and Serenity Stables are doing in the future.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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