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Up on Horseshoe Hill Kindle Edition
|Length: 367 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
Penelope Janu lives on the coast in northern Sydney with six wonderful children and a distracting husband. She enjoys exploring the Australian countryside and dreaming up travelling and hiking breaks. A lawyer for many years, she has a passion for social justice, and the natural environment.
Whether coastal or rural, Penelope's novels celebrate Australian characters and communities. Her first novel, In at the Deep End, was published by Harlequin in 2017, and her second, On the Right Track, in 2018. Nothing makes Penelope happier as a writer than readers falling in love with her smart and adventurous heroines and heroes. She loves to hear from readers, and can be contacted at www.penelopejanu.com--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 834 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Publisher : Mira (1 December 2019)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07SN65LXJ
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,385 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are two must-buy authors for me: Ainslie Paton and Penelope Janu. They write characters I admire, and characters who do different things and they write emotional scenes that really have a way of tugging at my heartstrings. I'm reading along, then I'm all messed up by the most simple of lines in a beautiful scene...
The research Janu has done into farriers (the job of Jemima in this book) is really fabulous - such great insight to caring for the feet of not only horses but zoo animals too.
Do yourself a favour. Read this book!
Jemima (only her friends call her Jet) is a farrier in a small rural town. She has had her share of tragedies in her life and they have made her very independent. Enter: Finn, a vet and geneticist who turns her world upside down. He is there to solve a puzzle from Jet's past - a puzzle she doesn't want to think about, something that gives her nightmares. But, he is very persistent and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) very attractive and a nice bloke to boot!
There is something about Finn and Jet which just warms the heart. Neither of them are perfect people and Jet is very prickly indeed, but I loved both characters. I also liked the people that Jet had around her, especially Mike and Sapphie.
Beautifully written book, highly recommended.
Thank you to Harlequin Australia for the ARC. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own and not influenced by anyone in any way.
Heroine Jemima Kincaid, Jet to her friends, has had her share of heartache, having lost her younger brother to still birth, her mother to a riding accident and her father to cystic fibrosis. She’s highly regarded as a farrier and beloved within her community but she actively pushes people away if they get too close; she just can’t cope with the notion of losing anybody else she cares for.
Finn Blackwood is about as swoonworthy a hero as you could find. This guy has it all—charm, good looks, intelligence, empathy—and his patience and perseverance with Jet is just amazing, particularly when you consider how much she frustrates him at times.
As I read this story I got a clear understanding of Penelope Janu’s fondness—or maybe passion is a better word—for horses. There’s clearly a lot of love there and it shines through in the care her characters give to their animals.
With horses, country town warmth, real living breathing characters that own their place on the page, there was everything to like about this book. Add in that the plot works has enough twists in it to keep readers guessing and that the pacing is perfect to keep the pages turning and you’ve got yourself a perfect book to relax with.
I was given a copy of this book but this is a true and honest review
I really liked following the mystery of Thornbrooke in this one. The romance side of it was a little abrupt and frustrating, and maybe could have been a little better. That's probably what made me give it 4 stars instead of 5.
Jet was quite the interesting character, but she really needed to open up, in my opinion. This ties in with my comments about the romance side of things as well. She's a very smart and well liked woman, but man she was also frustrating. I could very well understand some of her fears and reluctance, given the information we get about her character. She just frustrated me at times. I loved how well she worked with the animals, and also how good she was with the children who worked with her horses.
Finn was a great character too. I liked that he was a smart and driven man, and that he didn't seem to give up on anything (even if at times I thought he should, in terms of Jet). He's an interestingly well rounded character, with plenty of life experience, and a really caring guy. I definitely liked him.
There were also some great secondary characters from around the area/work places/surrounding farms etc who were great additions to the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this quite a lot, and read through it fairly fast given the size of the paperback. I would definitely look out for more from this author in the future.
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Hard to settle into a rhythm of reading as there was no particular flow to the narrative.