Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 21st, 2014
Series: The Go Girl Chronicles #2
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Sports & Recreation, Young Adult
Imagine being dumped by your mother as a newborn and shifted between foster homes your entire childhood. Imagine being taken in and offered hope for your future by a kind, loving show jumping socialite.
Imagine falling in love with some of the most gorgeous horses in the world, and making a life in the thrilling and glamorous sport of international show jumping.
Now imagine it all being taken away.
Ebony Scott Harris is painfully close to making her dreams a reality when the only mother she has ever known mysteriously dies. She’s forced from their home to live with the gold-digging aunt, who takes her in only to ride the prized show jumpers she claims are now hers.
Teetering on the edge of a hopeless depression, Ebony is saved by the discovery of a forgotten horse nearly starved to death, and an unlikely partnership with a handsome stranger, whom she must learn to trust if she is to uncover the truth about her mother’s death and reclaim her home.
But with the evil aunt selling her best and beloved horse, a maniacal ex-coach out for revenge and more savage competitors than she can count, Ebony has a lot more at stake than proving the truth, saving her horses and jumping for gold at the World Equestrian Games . . .
Horses. Horses everywhere!
I love horses. Absolutely love them. They’re my favourite animals and I honestly cannot get enough of them. Naturally I want to read any and every book about horses. JUMP GIRL not only has a lot of horses, but riding scenes I can relate to. While I don’t compete or do much jumping like Ebony (the highest I’ve gone is 70cm. She competes at 1m 40cm or higher) so many scenes felt familiar. I know horses with personalities like Monster and Johnny, I’ve heard good and bad tales of competitions, and I know the joy of having everything work after putting time and effort into a horse. While there were a lot of scenes and descriptions equestrians will appreciate, it’s not so overwhelming that non-horsey people won’t understand either.
The romance surprised me
JUMP GIRL is a companion novel to REV GIRL and I was interested to see how it connected but I wasn’t expecting one of the main connections to be Dallas Cash. The love interest who got on my nerves in REV GIRL was back as a love interest in this one. Fortunately he has grown up a lot! He’s not so possessive or controlling and seems to have learnt a lot since his break with Clover. There were also less romance scenes in JUMP GIRL with the focus more on the horse prep and competitions.
I didn’t ask for these feels
A word of advice: never forget that all books involving animals will find a way to punch you in the gut. Always. I made that mistake going into JUMP GIRL. I was having so much fun following Ebony’s journey with her horses, revelling in the bonds they were forming, that I was absolutely shocked when something happened. It devastated me. Absolutely devastated me. I’m tearing up again writing about it omg.
There’s a small side of mystery
Floating as a side plot in JUMP GIRL is a mystery of what really happened to Ebony’s adoptive mother. It was never fully explored as part of the central plot, just a side plot filled in rather quickly at the end. Like the romance, it was pushed aside in favour of the horses so I’m not complaining. I appreciated it for what it was, but there was the potential for it to have a bigger role and add a thriller aspect to the story potentially, especially if paired with previously mentioned devastating event.
It just hit me
JUMP GIRL hit me in the right feels at the right time and that is why I enjoyed it so much. There were so many pieces of the story that I connected to, that made me feel a range of emotions, and had the best impact they could have possibly had. Sure, there were scenes which I could have been developed more or written slightly differently, but really it doesn’t matter because the emotional connection I formed was worth so much more.
There was just something about JUMP GIRL that hit me. I never expected to leave this book with such strong emotions, and yet here I am with tears in my eyes and book hangover feelings. It’s a horse story though, so I really should have known better. Any person who loves a good horse story, or any animals bonding with human story, will like JUMP GIRL.