Hello and happy Wednesday. December 2019 was an odd reading month for me because I read a whole lot but around Christmas, I got really close to having a reading slump. Like I said, I was reading one, sometimes even two books a day and then the time came for me to read two big books and the motivation I’d had just drained. One of those books was The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes, but I’m glad I managed to finish it.
I read this book between December 21st, 2019 and January 12th, 2020 and gave it three stars. With this book, I took several pauses, so it isn’t really that it was hard to read or anything, I was simply interrupting my reading to tackle something else that maybe was shorter or a quicker read for me. Now that I can reflect upon my impressions, I can say that I overanalyzed the story a bit much as I read it and it ultimately wasn’t that deep.
We get a prologue, which is set in the 1960s, so I was convinced that I would be reading a historical romance and I wasn’t thrilled about that. The prologue takes place in France, where a young horseman is going to attempt a complicated trick for a show he’s putting on, and a young Englishwoman who’d previously come to see the show and had fallen in love with the man. I know some of you probably think that would be a super cute story, but I didn’t want to read about that and thankfully I didn’t since the main characters of the story weren’t the lovebirds but their granddaughter and this lawyer who comes into her life by chance.
By the title, it’s obvious that this story is about horses, so I knew that I was going to get into something I wouldn’t fully understand. If you like horses and you know the names of the tricks and all of that, then maybe this is the book for you. Like I said, though, there are two main characters, a teenage girl and a lawyer, and at first, we read about them separately until their paths cross. Natasha, the lawyer, knows nothing about horses, and we actually read about her professional and romantic life. Sarah, the girl who is the horseman’s granddaughter, is the one fascinated with horses.
The storyline is honestly way simpler than what I’d originally thought, and the link between the two main characters is more straightforward than I’d predicted it to be. That being said, a lot of this story is exposition and another big chunk is simply fluff. This book is over 400 pages long, and it would’ve done perfectly without 150 pages. There are two scenes that depict attempted sexual assault, so trigger warning for that.
At the end of the day, though, this was really the story of a woman who reconnects with her ex-husband and finds her happily ever after. I cried towards the end, so that should tell you something (although to be fair I do cry a lot). This is clearly women’s fiction and I’m sure many readers will find it worthy of a five-star rating.
Do you like books with animals? I’m always worried that they might get hurt, so I don’t think I do. Share your answers with me in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila