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Gemcie and her Irish Hunter, Marshal, are about to capture the World Cup when a nasty fall dashes their chances. While she is mending, her arch rival seizes this opportunity to catch a ride on Marshal, and to seduce her young husband. Confused and dazed by her new circumstances, Gemcie heads for the high Sierras hoping the majestic spires that captured the heart of the father she never met will provide the answers she seeks.

She finds strength and solace riding solo on the John Muir Trail, but a bear attack ends her time of introspection and places her in the care of a solitary cowboy manning a fire lookout. Brady shows her love and gives her the courage to get back in the saddle. Haunted by images of Marshal being abused by his owners, Gemcie returns to rescue him and fly high with him once more.

Ballou's prose gallops ahead at breakneck speed as she takes you along on this wild ride.

©2015 Linda Ballou (P)2017 Linda Ballou

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After an equestrian accident, Gemcie has a long recovery ahead of her, both physically and mentally, along with the betrayal of her husband. Though she recovers physically and come to turns with her husband's betrayal but mentally...her fear of riding in competition has not.
Finally, learning the truth of her father...one she never met..she heads to the mountains her father rode off to and loved in hopes of healing emotionally. It was then, she met Brady, who came to her rescue of a wild bear. It was through him and with him she comes to turns with many things in her life. Will she be able to ride in competition again or not?

This is a great story of struggle and survival, the author did a great job keeping you involved. The narrator, Scott Glennon, did a fabulous job narrating this story, I enjoyed how easy he switched from one character to the next, giving them a life of their own,

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Beautiful story

This was an amazing story of crashed dreams and rising from the ashes. Linda Ballou takes the listener into a beautiful wild country and over fences so vividly. Scott Glennon narrated like no one else can. This story was definitely worth listening, I have to rate it as 10 stars out of 5.

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Horse Lover Delight!

What an awesome book. I found it to be such a realistic portrayal of what sometimes happens behind the scenes in the show jumping world. Unfortunately there are a lot of shady things that happen in the competition world. The author was able to write such wonderful imagery into this book along with conveying so many emotions and details. The story has many facets to it from love, horses, romance, heartache, loss, finding one's self, mountain trails, recovery, overcoming fears, and healing. I cannot recommend this book enough. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I loved how the author wrote this book and the path the story followed and came full circle. Regarding the narrator, he did fantastic with distinguishable voices for the various characters and put the right emotions and tension into the story. I requested this audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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Horses, Romance and Nature

What could be more engaging than a love story about a woman and her horse? The vivid detail swept me right into that life. There is so much information to take in about riding, training, and getting ready to compete. Also, we are given the oportunity to experience the beauty of riding into the mountains and experiencing all that nature has to offer.
Even though I am not a horse person, never even rode a horse, I got a real sense of what that relationship could bring.

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Loved the book!

I finished the book a few days ago and still miss the characters and wonder where the story line will go next. I loved hearing about the main character Jemsie’s journey and her adventures and how she grows, learns and heals. The author does a great job telling a story that is both realistic and exciting. Clearly she knows the equestrian world, so as a rider myself, I felt like I was right there in the arena with Jemsie. One of my favorite things about the story isn’t a fairy tail. Jemsie struggles to find herself and ultimately does, but not without stumbling and dealing with a number of obstacles. The pace of the story is quick and Ms. Ballou takes you to a few destinations you didn’t expect to go. You really feel like you are part of the journey.

The narrator has a nice voice and does a good job changing it slightly so each character’s personality comes through.

I will be recommending this book to many people!

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I Enjoyed This, And I'm Picky

As an author myself, I feel bad leaving less than stellar reviews. But while I enjoyed this, I can't rave about it. Then again, I'm very picky.

What I didn't like:

The narrator mispronounced some words. Not place names, just somewhat unusual dictionary words. Also his emphasis sounded off at first, but after he settled in he was pleasant to listen to.

The story had a couple elements that strained credulity, such as a deus ex machina check that arrives in the mail. Granted, the title was inspired by a children's rhyme, but most of the story is based in reality. Also the story's pacing could be slow at times.

Horror of horrors, there are scenes with no horses! That's because this is Gemcie's story. I realize this is not a fair criticism, but I did find myself wanting even more horse content.

What I did like:

The horse scenes, of course! Finally a novel involving horses that's not about racing! I most enjoyed the trail ride parts.

Vivid descriptions of nature and wildlife. The listener gets a vacation in the mountains.

Brady's job was interesting. I liked Brady in general, till the contrived spat near the end

Humorous bits

(I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.)

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Is it wrong to fall in love with your narrator?

I was thrilled to get an audition from a man who said he loved the story and that he misted over a couple of times while reading the book. Scott Glennon lives in Colorado so he has a little cowboy in him, and he is an emotional guy! Perfect!
Hearing my words come back to me enriched by his inflections and emotional interpretations is really exciting for me. He has given each character vocal nuances that are terrific. I find myself getting teary eyed as I listen to my words and come away feeling that we have both done a good job.He put a lot of energy into the story and worked hard to get it right. I love Scott's delivery of The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon and hope you will too! Linda Ballou