Join Up

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A summer at one of the poshest riding camps in the province. A hundred horses. Rolling hills ribboned with hacking trails and cross-country jumps.

It could be perfect. Unless you’re Lacey Strickland, and you’re leaving Salem, Meg, and Jared behind on the island.

The only thing that isn’t hard to leave is Lacey’s memory of her first kiss, delivered in a spring-scented hayfield, which sizzled, then fizzled into nothing at all.

The other thing making camp less-than-perfect for Lacey? She’s not a cosseted camper, but a staff member – teaching riding lessons from sun-up to sun-down.

In Meg’s first letter to Lacey, she writes: “I bet anything there’s at least one amazing horse waiting for you there. And maybe a new great – if not best – friend.”

Is Meg right? Could Lacey meet a horse she’ll love just as much as Salem? And are there new friends in her future? Maybe even somebody who could give her more than just one kiss in a hayfield?

Join up is the third book in the Island series by Tudor Robins. I had read the first a little while ago but somehow missed the second. Still, it was easy enough to jump back into this world, especially as Lacey was off to teach at summer camp away from her friends and her horse.

I’m no expert in horses at all, horseback riding has always been nothing more than a hobby I wish I’d taken up at some point, but Tudor Robins’ writing always makes me feel like I’m right there with the characters and the horses as part of their world, and this  book was no different. The author clearly knows her way around a stable and it shows both in the details of her writing and in how passionately her characters care about horses.


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