Released December 5, 2014, Hippolyta Books.
A rescued horse. A washed-up trainer. A teen reaching for a dream.
Cory Iverson’s junior year is off to a lousy start. Publicly humiliated by the school’s hottest guy and terrorized by a bullying band director, she feels like both a loser and a quitter. But when her wandering dog leads her to the barn of a former Grand Prix rider, she finds refuge in the familiar world of horses. A world that sparks a crazy dream.
Cory figures riding in one of the country’s most prestigious shows is a totally unrealistic hope until she rescues a mysterious horse with some unusual talents. But soon other events that threaten her dream spin out of control—dangerous painkillers appear in her mother’s purse; her ballerina sister starts wasting away; and her trainer is hiding a terrible secret.
Worst of all, Cory discovers the horse show world is full of treachery. When her winning spree attracts the attention of a brutal trainer with a string of unexplained horse deaths in her wake, Cory becomes the next target. Trapped in the crosshairs, Cory has to decide if she’ll once again back down and flee, or stand up for herself, her horse, and her dreams.
“A wonderful coming of age story, with a solid plot and plenty of suspense. I rooted for Cory Iverson on every page of this beautifully written novel. Trovillion’s prose is vivid, her equine setting authentic.”
– Sasscer Hill, Agatha, Macavity, and Dr. Tory Ryan Award-nominated author
“Definitely worth reading for people who love horses, music, or remember those teen years when life controlled us rather than the other way around.”
-Marlene Moss, Author, On Writing and Riding
“…the author’s poetic descriptions of the setting, characters and emotions pull us into Cory’s world.”
-Susan Yanguas, Author, Bluff
Regina Hamilton is a teen with a big problem. Her abusive mom is getting out of prison…and Regina is the one who helped put her there.
With only three months to show the courts that she can support herself and avoid being forced back home with her mom, Regina lands a job at an exclusive dressage barn. The stakes are high: make enough to earn her keep or get out.
Struggling for her independence, she befriends an unlikely trio: a handsome but unusual boy who trains hawks, a reclusive professor of Celtic legends, and a half-wild red mare named Roheryn, who happens, by birth, to be a special mare. Celtic legend tells of the magic of such horses, and as unusual visions and happenings start to unfold, Regina’s bond with the mare takes on an almost supernatural quality.
But when barn workers start disappearing, Regina must navigate a dangerous web of lies and deceit. Roheryn shows Regina a violent vision and a few days later, a beloved horse at the dressage barn is attacked. Regina knows the mare is trying to protect her, but will it be enough. Long-held secrets about the imprisonment of Regina’s mother begin to surface and reveal surprising and potentially deadly threats. To save her horse and her life, Regina may have to trust her enemies and betray her friends.
I loved how this novel got increasingly more intense to a point where I was literally holding my breath while flying through the pages late into the night. No matter your equestrian experience, this book is a brilliant read for all ages.”
Dream Horse: A Story of Supernatural Hope
Maryland Equestrian Series Short Read Prequel
Hope fuels dreams and keeps them aloft. When hope is gone, dreams can die. Unless a bit of magic intervenes…
Cory Iverson has worked hard all year and this morning she’s finally going to get her promised dream horse. Or so she thinks. In less than twenty-four hours everything in her life comes crashing down, crushing hopes, destroying dreams, and leaving her resentful of promises.
That is, until a mysterious messenger appears. A ghost horse not only saves Cory’s life, but gives her much more…the gift of hope that her true Dream Horse is still out there waiting just for her.
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“After finishing this I defy anyone not to rush out and get False Gods to learn the rest of Cory’s remarkable story.” Amazon Reviewer
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