As a lifelong horse person and amateur dressage rider myself I was super excited to read this book!
I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, I was disappointed with it. I liked the main character Dana, but I never really felt like I got to know her very well. I really appreciated that since the author is a successful equestrian herself she got all the lingo and horse terminology right, it made me so happy to read a book like this by someone who really knows the sport and horses, though a lot of the terminology was not that well explained which may make it difficult and frustrating for readers who are not as well versed in horses and dressage as myself.
The author does a brilliant job of describing Dana's passion for horses and the details of daily life around the barn, but I was disappointed that with the exception of one brief but excellent scene that perfectly described the magic of collection, all the rides in this book were mostly told to the reader after the fact, I had been really hoping to get into Dana's mind and experience her rides in the moment, but sadly that didn't happen.
I was also disappointed that there were several references made in this book to a character being gay, no it wasn't a big part of the book but still, I felt it was unnecessary in a Christian fiction book.
Overall, even with the things that bothered me this was still an entertaining and enjoyable story, I especially enjoyed the second half of Crossing Boarders (during which I hated to set the book down!)
Debra Sue Brice has definite writing talent, her love for horses and God shines through brilliantly and I would definitely try more of her work in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.