“Suzie McKenna has a desperate need to get away from her mom—and most importantly her mom’s creepy boyfriend. She comes up with the perfect way to escape, taking her beloved mustang mare, Gypsy, with her. She’ll ride to her father’s ranch. She has the knowledge, the maps, and the need; but does she have the ability?
Join Suzie and Gypsy as they make their way from Victor, Idaho to Dubois, Wyoming. Only the Bridger-Teton National Forest stands between them and the safety of her father.
When Gypsy is found loose and injured, can searchers find Suzie before it's too late?
Suzie's divorced parents, Mike and Sherry McKenna, share a burning need to locate their wayward daughter. Can they stand each other’s company long enough to get the job done? Ride with them as they answer this question and maybe even discover what tore their marriage apart.”
As an avid equestrian and lover of the outdoors, Kasey Riley is the author of several books. Those books are in multiple genres, but her interest in horses or the outdoors almost always figures into the story.
For more, visit Ms Riley’s website.
This was a fun read. It had a lot of things going on. There was the suspense or thriller aspect of not knowing what is ultimately going to happen to Suzie, whether her parents will find her in time or not until it is too late, if at all. There is the storyline of Mike and Sherry, Suzie’s divorced parents, and the potential for partially mending their broken relationship or at least understanding better where things went wrong. Then for anyone familiar with the area where this story takes place, picturing the setting in your memory as the author describes it adds even more. (Although most people might not think an obscure town or two on the border of Idaho and Wyoming is anything they know about, the reality is that if you’ve been to Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, you were close enough.) I’d recommend this not only to young adults, but also older adults as a change of pace, especially if you like the outdoors.
A brief mention of something mildly sexual. (Nothing a teen in the target audience for this book hasn’t been exposed to in a typical school day.)
No significant issues
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 50-55,000 words