My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This probably would have made more sense if I were a horse person.
Thank you, Pageworks Press and NetGalley, for this free title to review!
Don't get me wrong, I love horses. But I don't understand how people can have such strong connections with them. I've been looking for a book that would help me understand that. Was Turning on a Dime that book? A little bit.
What I DO understand is that I love lists, so here we go:
Things I liked:
1. The civil war time period. Not enough YA books are set in there. So thank you, Maggie Dana. :)
2. There was only a smidgen of romance. Now I love me a romance, but it's nice to read books that also focus on something else.
3. The cover is GORGEOUS.
What I disliked:
1. Girls never, EVER wore breeches in the 1860s. Ever. Even a tomboy would have been scandalized. And Caroline mentioned wearing a dress without a hoop skirt. Um, if you wore a civil war styled dress without a hoop skirt, there would be so much fabric billowing at your feet you could hardly walk.
|They weren't all THAT big, but still. Tons o' fabric.|
3. No one talked with an accent. Gideon didn't sound like a Bostonian. Caroline didn't sound like a Mississippian.
4. Are they fifteen or twelve...? Their voices felt very young.
5. Their recklessness. (view spoiler)[The union soldiers take over Caroline's house while she's away with a friend. Her family flees to New Orleans--without her. And she was like two miles down the road. Then she decides to go back to her house, for reasons never explained. Girl, the ENEMY is in your HOUSE. Stay awaaaaay. For all she knew, her horse was fine. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this was a good book. But would I buy other books by this author? Probably not.
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