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Horses in Wonderland (Show Barn Blues Book 2)

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Grace and Seabreeze Equestrian Center. They’ve been an institution in Central Florida for decades. But now it’s the end of the line. The community around Seabreeze has been torn up by resort development, and Grace is ready to retire gracefully to the ever-receding countryside, with a smaller barn and smaller ambitions to match. Or not. A shot at making a few extra bucks Grace and Seabreeze Equestrian Center. They’ve been an institution in Central Florida for decades. But now it’s the end of the line. The community around Seabreeze has been torn up by resort development, and Grace is ready to retire gracefully to the ever-receding countryside, with a smaller barn and smaller ambitions to match. Or not. A shot at making a few extra bucks by renting stalls to a trainer specializing in parade horses becomes a new obsession for Grace’s assistant trainer, Kennedy -- and a shot in the arm for Grace, who finds herself charmed by the local theme park’s equine manager, Mark. Not ready to cede the area’s equestrian experiences to the theme parks, she begins to think she can beat them at their own game. Which, unfortunately, won’t be easy to explain to Mark. Trying to balance a barn full of boarders, aggressive new neighbors, a troublesome staff and a relationship with a man whose business model is in her crosshairs isn’t easy. Grace has been in the horse business a long time... but it's never looked like this before.


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Grace and Seabreeze Equestrian Center. They’ve been an institution in Central Florida for decades. But now it’s the end of the line. The community around Seabreeze has been torn up by resort development, and Grace is ready to retire gracefully to the ever-receding countryside, with a smaller barn and smaller ambitions to match. Or not. A shot at making a few extra bucks Grace and Seabreeze Equestrian Center. They’ve been an institution in Central Florida for decades. But now it’s the end of the line. The community around Seabreeze has been torn up by resort development, and Grace is ready to retire gracefully to the ever-receding countryside, with a smaller barn and smaller ambitions to match. Or not. A shot at making a few extra bucks by renting stalls to a trainer specializing in parade horses becomes a new obsession for Grace’s assistant trainer, Kennedy -- and a shot in the arm for Grace, who finds herself charmed by the local theme park’s equine manager, Mark. Not ready to cede the area’s equestrian experiences to the theme parks, she begins to think she can beat them at their own game. Which, unfortunately, won’t be easy to explain to Mark. Trying to balance a barn full of boarders, aggressive new neighbors, a troublesome staff and a relationship with a man whose business model is in her crosshairs isn’t easy. Grace has been in the horse business a long time... but it's never looked like this before.

30 review for Horses in Wonderland (Show Barn Blues Book 2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Pagones

    Reinert's a wonderful writer in general, but her books are full of details that only true horse people seem to spot, not just about horses but about the people who love and work with them. I was only just talking yesterday about how many Crazy Horse People seem quite normal when you first encounter them. Then once they've gotten their foot in the door, their horses in the barn, and the trailer stationed in the parking lot, they start to let the crazy flag fly. Crazy Horse People feature notably Reinert's a wonderful writer in general, but her books are full of details that only true horse people seem to spot, not just about horses but about the people who love and work with them. I was only just talking yesterday about how many Crazy Horse People seem quite normal when you first encounter them. Then once they've gotten their foot in the door, their horses in the barn, and the trailer stationed in the parking lot, they start to let the crazy flag fly. Crazy Horse People feature notably in this novel, but perhaps nothing is crazier than the contrast between people in the horse show world and the attempt by neighboring Disney World to create an equine paradise that isolates non-horsey tourists from all of the messy, behavioral nonsense that real horses (versus cartoon horses) exhibit. Only someone with Reinert's experience could create a paradoxical character like the protagonist Grace--a successful hunter-jumper trainer with more than thirty grain-fed show horses in her barn, tack worth thousands and thousands of dollars, and no idea of how she's going to stay financially afloat in the coming months. In lesser horse books, there's often a poor versus rich divide, but in the real horse world, the economics, ethics, and lifestyles of horse people are often far more messy and complicated.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    5 stars A book by Natalie Keller Reinert never disappoints! I had loved the first book in the series, Show Barn Blues, and hadn't known there was a second book being released until about a week before it released. I downloaded it ASAP as soon as it was available. I really enjoyed reading more about the characters and seeing some new ones enter the story. 5 stars A book by Natalie Keller Reinert never disappoints! I had loved the first book in the series, Show Barn Blues, and hadn't known there was a second book being released until about a week before it released. I downloaded it ASAP as soon as it was available. I really enjoyed reading more about the characters and seeing some new ones enter the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Worth the wait! I wish I could clone Natalie multiple times - so one could work at her day job, and three more could work on her three different series of horse books for adults. Grace, Jules, and Alex (as well as their ancillary casts) have become old friends over the past few years - but I can’t get enough of any of them. With my withdrawal pangs briefly sated, I just have one question - when can we expect the next book?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    A hugely enjoyable read! Readers who don't consider themselves "horse people," fear not: the author's latest has something for everyone, whether your particular cup of tea is later-in-life romances, complex female relationships, settings as powerful as any character, or Disney World. Readers who are horse people: immerse yourselves in detail-perfect show-barn worldbuilding, ponies with personality, and the true-to-life evolution of protagonist Grace's business as her barn triumphantly changes wi A hugely enjoyable read! Readers who don't consider themselves "horse people," fear not: the author's latest has something for everyone, whether your particular cup of tea is later-in-life romances, complex female relationships, settings as powerful as any character, or Disney World. Readers who are horse people: immerse yourselves in detail-perfect show-barn worldbuilding, ponies with personality, and the true-to-life evolution of protagonist Grace's business as her barn triumphantly changes with the times, rather than retiring to pasture.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mahony

    A very interesting horse book I have liked all of the books by this author. And I do like this book; however it seemed a bit disjointed. Weaving through the main story were characters and subplots. Several of them caught my interest but then the author took us off in a different direction, never to return to the suggestion of an interesting relationship. Perhaps fewer suggestions of subplots and more focus on the main story would have led to a more cohesive book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chrissi

    Enjoyed the venue I liked the theme park venue and felt like I learned something new. The characters, as always, were well-developed. The story was a bit predictable, a bit back and forth with nothing really happening. Overall, interesting, well-written, but I can’t find the excitement as in some of her other works.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I'm a huge fan of Natalie and her three horse ladies, Alex, Jules, and Grace. This second book about the smart business oriented owner of Seabreeze was just as good as the first. I love how the well established Grace is always testing her own boundaries to keep her farm in business and I'm really happy she finally got a dog. I'm a huge fan of Natalie and her three horse ladies, Alex, Jules, and Grace. This second book about the smart business oriented owner of Seabreeze was just as good as the first. I love how the well established Grace is always testing her own boundaries to keep her farm in business and I'm really happy she finally got a dog.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    I loved this book and the first one in the series, _Show Barn Blues_ because while it featured horses, it featured another aspect of the horse industry I had not considered--horses in entertainment. The problem of the urban expansion encroaching on rural areas is also addressed, and it was very interesting to me to see how it is in other states. I recommend this book highly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Cupp

    Plot went missing for a while I enjoy barn life so I can appreciate MS Reinert's story,but for a great read there has to be a strong plot. This book has a very linear plot with few (if any) side plots.. Still a good read, but lacking depth. Plot went missing for a while I enjoy barn life so I can appreciate MS Reinert's story,but for a great read there has to be a strong plot. This book has a very linear plot with few (if any) side plots.. Still a good read, but lacking depth.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlie A Meredith

    Great read. Both the Eventing Series and Show Barn Rules series are great. As a 60 y/o reader and former adult eventer, it is difficult to find equestrian reads that are not geared towards teens. Reinhart really knows her horses. And like many others wrote, I want more!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    More! Another wonderful book and more about Grace and even romance. Well written and thoughtful, was sorry when it ended so I want more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Frances P. Haws

    A good read This book has a little bit of everything in it including some romance. A sequel to it would be nice!

  13. 4 out of 5

    SHERRY

    Another great book from Natalie Reinert.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Loved it Not what I expected. Several twists and turns. Love horse stories. Very much true and meamingful. Relationships truly. Great read

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Upset with how this series has progressed. Characters acted so different and it didn’t feel like there was a real plot. The first book is by far better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tamera Collins

    Never got into it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Sirko

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Johnson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kersten

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Vandenbosch

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joan Johnson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ainsley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Willson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruston Panabaker

  27. 5 out of 5

    Md

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda Frisella

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sewcats

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Elizabeth Tilbrook

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