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A Horse for Kate (Horses and Friends, #1) by Miralee Ferrell {Review}

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A Horse for Kate (Horses and Friends, #1) by Miralee Ferrell {Review}A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell
Series: Horses and Friends #1
Also in this series: Silver Spurs
Also by this author: Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon, Love Finds You in Tombstone Arizona, Silver Spurs
Genres: Christian Fiction, Juvenile, Juvenile Fiction, Religious \ Christian
Published by David C. Cook on March 2015
Pages: 175
Format: Paperback
Source: Publicist
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After many years of writing for adults, Miralee Ferrell introduces her first series for kids, Horses and Friends, which gets off to a galloping start with A Horse for Kate (March 2015). From the cover to the very last page, Ferrell's love for horses shines through. Tweens will devour this story that combines themes near and dear to their hearts: friendship, adventure, and, of course, horses! Written with girls ages 8-12 in mind, A Horse for Kate will also appeal to anyone who appreciates the gentle power of the equine.

In A Horse for Kate, Kate isn't sure about the move to her late grandfather's farm. But then, when she sees his big barn, she realizes that her hope of a horse might be closer than she thinks. Unfortunately, her dad's job loss, tight finances, and her autistic brother Pete's expensive tutoring combine to keep her dream from coming true. Excited with the prospect of at least working at a horse stable with her new friend, Tori, Kate's aspirations are dashed again when the opportunity falls through. Kate doesn't know what to think. Can she stand by her friend, Tori? Will Kate ever have a horse of her own?

Ferrell has written a book that will reach tweens' hearts. Full of integrity on display, the value of making right choices, and the importance of getting back on the horse after failing, A Horse for Kate is both entertaining and valuable for young people, including those in homeschool groups, book clubs, and youth groups. Full of true-to-life examples, in A Horse for Kate, Ferrell teaches readers both about the horses Ferrell loves so much and the character traits that will definite their lives.

Once readers finish the book, they will be delighted to find even more in the P.S. section, which includes the fun, interactive "Secrets of Your Diary" feature that has questions to think about and a note from Kate. Additionally, there is a fun recipe for a horse lover's cake, as well as notes from the author that give a behind-the-scenes peek into A Horse for Kate. Saving the best for last, the book concludes with an advance look at Silver Spurs, Book 2 in the Horses and Friends series, which is coming in June 2015.

The Horse and Friends Series is set to have four books so far.Miralee horse quote

A Horse for Kate (Spring 2014)
Silver Spurs (Summer 2015)
Mystery Rider (Fall 2015)
Blue Ribbon Trail Ride (Spring 2016)

When I was a young reader of the near-tween age I don’t remember being in love with the idea of horses, my love was with ship-wrecked and adventurous girls on the wild frontier either in the American west or English isles. However, I remember when my cousin and then later my niece discovered horses, oh my, do I remember. For both girls, in different avenues it was an intense passion for horses. My cousin rode competitively with her own horses. My niece read every book she could, watches films, and dressed like an adorable cowgirl from the prairie ranch. As I go into reading this book, I think back fondly on those memories and about the future as we start to collect books for my early reader who will before I know it be ready for the middle grades readers in the 8-12 range (eek!).

I’m a homeschooling mama, so everything that I read for the younger audience is a plausible school book. Knowing already how much I enjoy Miralee’s writing from her adult Christian Historical Fiction novels I’m already leaning toward a positive as I have a good feeling about what this series may provide for the middle readers library section. Horses seem to always be a good sell, and to have a series that is on a great topic, but also from an integrity standpoint? Well can you see, you should already buy it without knowing my full opinion!

Creative Madness Mama reviews A Horse for KateIn today’s economy things are rough and often parents can keep these kind of details from the youngest children, but as they get older (and near to teenagers) they notice things more. When Kate’s dad lost his job and they had to move to her grandfather’s farm left to her mother she is far from pleased. Leaving all her friends halfway through the year and moving to a farm is far from what she wanted to do this year. Things keep showing themselves to be against her and against her prayers, but maybe God has something else in mind.

As always David C. Cook books are published with a buttery soft cover, and this book is also available as an ebook (such as Kindle – {aff}). The books in this series are smaller than your average novel. Full with a good 175 pages this book measures 5.2 x 7.5″. A good 21 chapters before the P.S. section with a recipe, extra character perks, a sneak peak at the next novel, and author notes. All that’s missing is a discussion guide.

About Miralee Ferrell

Miralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live on eleven acres in Washington State. Miralee loves interacting with people, ministering at her church, (she is a certified Lay Counselor with the AACC), riding her horse, and playing with her dogs. An award-winning and bestselling author, she speaks at various women’s functions and has taught at writers’ conferences. Since 2007, she’s had ten books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance. Miralee recently started a newsletter, and you can sign up for it on her website/blog www.miraleeferrell.com.

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  • Melissa

    I enjoy reading books by this author, this one sounds great!