Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review of The Lost Pony of Riverdale by Amanda Wills with review of Bonus Poppy's Diary

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Synopsis: "Poppy McKeever is reluctant to move to an old cottage on Dartmoor - until she discovers that her new home comes complete with its own pony.

But life at Riverdale is not as straight-forward as it seems, especially when Poppy spies a flash of white in the woods next to the cottage.

Her stepmother Caroline is acting strangely and her adrenalin-junkie brother Charlie is on the hunt for big cats. But will Charlie's obsession drive the two children into dangerous territory?

And when Poppy is faced with a terrible dilemma - to save her brother or the pony she has always longed for - who will she choose?

The Lost Pony of Riverdale is an equestrian adventure book about friendship, ponies and horse riding. "

My Review: Of course I want to read it, there is a horse on the cover! This turned out to be a very good book, and enjoyable for adults to read even though it is geared towards a middle grade audience. I was able to really connect with the characters and quickly became involved with the story. I absolutely adore Charlie, he is so fun and energetic. I also found myself more curious about the Dartmoor ponies and the way the herds are managed. A fun book for horse lovers but it has so much more to offer than horses.

My Rating: This was a fun book and I could imagine that I would have quickly become obsessed with it if I was younger.  I may still continue the series but it isn't at the top of my list (but a box set of the series would make an awesome Christmas gift for a young horse obsessed girl).  I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.

Synopsis: "Poppy dreams of showjumping success on her beloved Connemara, Cloud.
But one thing stands in her way. Stage fright.
Can she ever overcome her fears?
Find out as she lays her soul bare in this exclusive free e-book."

My Review: This was a free download for readers of the first book in the series. It was a quick read and a nice book to bridge the gap between books. You get to see how Cloud and Poppy are getting on as he heals and she learns more riding skills. All of the relative characters from the first book also make an appearance. Even if you are not going to read the rest of the series, this is a great book just to bring everything to a close.

My Rating: I really liked how this gave us a glimpse of after the end of the first book, it really brought some closure since I don't plan on continuing the series (at least for now). There are a lot of terms in it that may be off putting to non-horse people but for those of us who are it was great to know that the author really paid attention to those details.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.


  1. I would have loved these as a kid.

    1. Same here, I inhaled everything with horses (and still do obviously lol).