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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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A Ride That I Wouldn't Mind Taking More Than Once

Gemcie seems to have it all at the beginning of this story. But she shows how quickly things can change. We get to see her grow and to realize her limitations of things she cannot change. She takes us along on her journey of self-discovery. One thing this story made me come to realize is this is one where I need to "set the mood". I look forward to the time when I can listen to her story again.

I live not too far from a fairground that has just started an American Quarter Horse show and I can't think of a better way to listen to the beginning of this book again. The sad part, I'm not as brave as Gemcie to take a trek through the High Sierras. Maybe I'll just take walks through some of our local parks and call it a day. And getting on a horse? - I'm afraid of heights so I'll just enjoy them either from a seat or with my two feet planted firmly on the ground.

Mr. Glennon does a satisfactory job in telling us the story. I don't mind that he doesn't do a perfect job in making his voice sound female. He does a great job in having me picture an evening scene with people sitting around a blazing fire. As we sit there making s'mores and having our warmed drink of choice, he's telling us this story. And it's one where he will only tell it to us in parts so that he always leaves us in suspense. I could also picture him doing the same while leading us on a trail ride telling us other tales that get us ready for his next part of the tale.

Ms. Ballou had me thinking of my childhood. I have loved to read since I was very small. As I was growing up, I was voracious about any book that had horses in it. At some point that just stopped and my head turned toward romances. Our author reminded me what I loved about those books I read so long ago and for that I have to thank her. She also reminded me how much my neighborhood has changed. We used to have a farm at the end of my street. As I delivered papers, I would stop and say hello to the horse they had. I could almost picture it as a place that Gemcie would be. And I'm so glad that I had a chance to "meet" our author and Gemcie.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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Such a good story!

This is one of those books where I'm not immediately drawn into the story. The beginning felt rushed, and I didn't care for Jorge, though I quickly started to like Gemcie, the main character, and within a short time, I started to care about other characters too. Once the first chapter was out of the way, I quickly fell in love with Gemcie and her passion. The setting and description really brought the story to life, and I loved that both Gemcie and Brady were animal lovers.

I really enjoyed listening to this one on audio! The author's descriptions and the narrator's skill with bringing a story to life really shows through! Linda Ballou and Scott Glennon make such a marvelous team!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Linda Ballou. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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4 Star Review of The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon by Linda Ballou
Linda Ballou was a new author to me and I listened to this book on audio and really enjoyed it.
This was one of those books that I listened to with a great deal of interest since I was not familiar with the world that it is based on. It is obvious that Ms. Ballou knows the world of horses and showings.
What happens when you lose almost everything you have worked for, that is the position that Gemcie finds herself in. Struggling to overcome injury and loss she longs for peace.
I almost felt as though I was in the high Sierras such were the descriptions of the sights experienced in the book. The characters were well written and I enjoyed Gemcie’s journey to find herself.
This book kept me interested and it was obvious that the author wrote with a great deal of experience.

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Great story

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, via Audiobook Boom, and have voluntarily left this review." This story of healing and rediscovering life after a tragic accident is well-developed and told in such a way that it is easy to follow. The beginning of the story is a little strange but as you listen you get more involved. I loved the mother. The narrator kept me listening even when the story started to drag. This is a good story to listen to when stuck in the house with an injury.

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Horse lovers dream

This was a great story about a girl, her horse and dreams. Scott Glennon did an amazing job with the narration and I highly recommend this author and narrator! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Enjoyable

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review. The author has a lyrical way of writing that I quite liked. She put a lot of depth into the book, with details of riding, show jumping and what goes into show jumping, as well as the beautiful mountains that the main character finds herself in. Overall, it was a very enjoyable book to listen to.

I did have some problems with the way the narrative seemed to jump around at times; sudden switches of topics. Now this might have been because I wasn't seeing the physical writing of the story, so didn't know if there were breaks, or italics, or other visual cues to help with that, but overall, the flow of the story was pretty good.

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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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Enjoyable

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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