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Published: 23rd April 2014
Publisher: Michael Joseph (an imprint of Penguin Books Australia)
Format: Ebook & paperback
Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em’s life has happened there. And even though Em’s brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes.
When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined not to treat Felicity with the same teenage snobbery that tore apart her relationship with her first love, Josh Sinclair. A man who has now sauntered sexily back into Em’s life and given her a chance for redemption.
But as Felicity settles in, the once tightly knitted Wallace-Jones family begins to fray. Suspicions are raised, Josh voices his distrust, and even Em’s closest friends question where Felicity’s motives lie. Conflicted but determined to make up for the damage caused by her past prejudices, Em sides with her brother and his fiancée until a near tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will change the family forever.
Rocking Horse Hill is a moving family drama and passionate love story from the author of Heartland.
I was ashamed to discover that despite reading this brilliant book before it released thanks to netgalley and Penguin Australia, I’d somehow not posted my review for this.
Cathryn Hein is an author I greedily re-read time and time again. Her books are full of personality, passion and enthusiasm for all things horses and life. For years now, she has been a must-buy author, whose books decorate my bookshelves proudly and whose words I can’t get enough of. Rocking Horse Hill is no different.
I adored this book back when I read it pre-release and the two subsequent times since. The characters feel like old friends and the setting like a holiday home that I get to hang out at every now and then. Despite knowing what’s coming, every single time this book makes me giddy and brings me crashing down into the most ungraceful of ugly tears. But it’s also uplifting and offers hope and … it’s magical.
I don’t want to spoil too much of the actual plot, because it’s a book that takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride that is best experienced first hand. I do want to commend Hein for her expertly crafted a story of the land, heart and soul, with a hint of mystery, intrigue and suspense that will leave you wanting more long after the final page has been turned.
I highly recommend this book and feel a re-read coming on ASAP.
Note: I own the original purple cover of this book. The novel has seen been re-published by Cathryn Hein and has the cover below.
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