“Dare to Dream” has just been reviewed by Jane Badger (author of “Heroines on Horseback: The Pony Book in Children’s Fiction” and general pony book expert) and she “absolutely loved” it! She sent me a message this morning to say “I have just finished it – and am writing this with tears in my eyes. Absolutely loved it. Well done.”
She wrote a full review on her blog, and it’s a pretty amazing feeling to have the writer of the world’s largest website dedicated to equine literature (link below), who has read almost every pony book written in the English language, give my book such high praise as this:
“…you absolutely have to read it. This is a book that grabs you and doesn’t let go.
The author involves you completely in her characters’ lives. She has an excellent ear for dialogue. She doesn’t sugar-coat her characters, her horses, or the situations. What you get is entirely believable, and engrossing. You are right behind the characters in their fight to survive. The ponies are brilliant too. It is not easy to write a good pony – it’s all too easy to have them mere vehicles for the story – but Kate Lattey achieves it effortlessly.
The plot is completely convincing too. I do like a book where I haven’t worked out how it will end well before I’ve got there.
I absolutely loved Dare to Dream. I finished it in tears. It’s moving, wrenching, funny. Goodness, it’s good.”
You can read her full review here: http://booksandmud.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/review-kate-lattey-dare-to-dream.html
And visit her website at http://www.janebadgerbooks.co.uk/