The Horse Dancer.
Booklist Reviews 2017 April #1
Originally published in the UK in 2009, The Horse Dancer differs sharply from Moyes' later works (Me before You, 2012). Fourteen year-old Sarah cares only about her grandfather and her horse, Boo. She spends all her time at a London urban stable, training with Boo to follow in her grandfather's footsteps in joining an elite French equestrian academy. When an accident turns her world upside down, Sarah's care falls to Natasha, a lawyer who works with children, and her Natasha's ex-husband, Mac. Sarah is determined to reach the academy, but unless she can share her secrets with Natasha and Mac, she may lose not only her dream of being accepted at Le Cadre Noir, but Boo as well. Alternating narration between Sarah and Natasha, this somewhat bloated novel shines a light on a unique kind of dressage, urban stables, and the love of a girl for her horse. The exposition is a bit drawn out, and Sarah and Natasha come across as unlikable at times. Yet, with a touch of adventure, Moyes offers a lovely comment on the importance of discipline, love, and persistence in our relationships. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2016 December #1
As with Ship of Brides and Silver Bay, the publisher is breaking into the backlist of No. 1 New York Times best-selling British author Moyes, turning out this paperback original about young Sarah, the horse she loves, and the conflicted woman who tries to help them both. "Billy Elliot in jodhpurs." (Daily News). Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
LJ Reviews 2017 March #2
Successful London attorney Natasha is finally moving forward after her marriage to Mac fell apart. Her career is taking off, her relationship with her boyfriend Conor is stable, if bland, and she has her big, beautiful house all to herself. Then Mac moves back in, and he and Natasha find themselves the guardians of troubled teenager Sarah. Sarah has been raised by her loving but strict grandfather. Known to everyone as the Captain, he was an expert horseman who has taught Sarah the classic arts of French dressage. Strictly independent, Sarah takes her obligations to her horse, Boo, seriously, even after her grandfather has a massive stroke and ends up in long-term care. Without her grandfather's presence, not even the guidance of Mac and Natasha can protect Sarah and Boo from a dangerous mobster and the girl's own poor choices. Sarah's dramas seem the most perilous, but readers might just wish for Natasha and Mac to ask the right questions and head off looming calamity.