Hot Best Seller

The Horse Dancer

Availability: Ready to download

In a hidden corner of London, Henri Lachapelle is teaching his granddaughter and her horse to defy gravity, just as he had done in France, fifty years previously. But when disaster strikes, fourteen-year-old Sarah is left to fend for herself. Forced to share a house with her charismatic ex-husband, her professional judgement called into question, lawyer Natasha Macauley's In a hidden corner of London, Henri Lachapelle is teaching his granddaughter and her horse to defy gravity, just as he had done in France, fifty years previously. But when disaster strikes, fourteen-year-old Sarah is left to fend for herself. Forced to share a house with her charismatic ex-husband, her professional judgement called into question, lawyer Natasha Macauley's life seems to have gone awry. When her path crosses that of Sarah, she sees a chance to put things right. But she doesn't know that Sarah is keeping a secret... one that will chance all of their lives.

*advertisement

Compare

In a hidden corner of London, Henri Lachapelle is teaching his granddaughter and her horse to defy gravity, just as he had done in France, fifty years previously. But when disaster strikes, fourteen-year-old Sarah is left to fend for herself. Forced to share a house with her charismatic ex-husband, her professional judgement called into question, lawyer Natasha Macauley's In a hidden corner of London, Henri Lachapelle is teaching his granddaughter and her horse to defy gravity, just as he had done in France, fifty years previously. But when disaster strikes, fourteen-year-old Sarah is left to fend for herself. Forced to share a house with her charismatic ex-husband, her professional judgement called into question, lawyer Natasha Macauley's life seems to have gone awry. When her path crosses that of Sarah, she sees a chance to put things right. But she doesn't know that Sarah is keeping a secret... one that will chance all of their lives.

30 review for The Horse Dancer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Review

    Finally a book which correctly describes my feeling and bond I have with my horse. I was lucky enough to have lessons with well known Classical Dressage instructor – and what JoJo has captured is so true and correct. Her acknowledgements dedicate this book to Mecca Harris a real life Sarah who was tragically murdered. I found the book so moving, and gripping. I could relate to it totally, the sacrifices made to be able to have a horse, the rewards and partnership you can have when you get it rig Finally a book which correctly describes my feeling and bond I have with my horse. I was lucky enough to have lessons with well known Classical Dressage instructor – and what JoJo has captured is so true and correct. Her acknowledgements dedicate this book to Mecca Harris a real life Sarah who was tragically murdered. I found the book so moving, and gripping. I could relate to it totally, the sacrifices made to be able to have a horse, the rewards and partnership you can have when you get it right. My story isn’t the same as Mecca or Sarah, but many of my weekends were spent helping out at my local riding school. Unable to have a horse when I was a child, it was a dream that I focused on, something which got me through the bullying and challenges at school. For me I was only able to have a horse when I could pay for it myself so, knowing I had to have a decent job to pay the livery, and basic care costs; I knuckled down at college but didn’t go to University. I went straight into work at 18 and saved for a year so I could buy my first horse, who 7 years later I still have. She means the world to me and has helped me live my dream. Jojo has managed to describe this perfectly. She’s evoked emotions and memories and also made me question how far I would go to ensure my horse was safe. Even if you’re not horsey I think you would still enjoy this book as it describes the way of life in such a way not to alienate readers. The book isn’t 100% horses it also follows a couple going through a divorse. I think if you weren’t into horses that you would still find it a great read as it is so well written. I really enjoyed this book so I’m rating it as a must read. Taken from my blog: www.rosiereview.wordpress.com Follow me on twitter @rosiereview

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Originally posted on The Book Nympho I’m not a horse person but have always been fascinated by these magnificent animals and the people obsessed with them. One of the things that worked about this story is how you didn’t need to have background information to appreciate the world, conflicts and issues. Henri Lachappelle was part of an elite French calvary skilled in an art form of dressage dating back over 250 years. He’s a widow living with his 14-year old granddaughter, Sarah, who he’s training Originally posted on The Book Nympho I’m not a horse person but have always been fascinated by these magnificent animals and the people obsessed with them. One of the things that worked about this story is how you didn’t need to have background information to appreciate the world, conflicts and issues. Henri Lachappelle was part of an elite French calvary skilled in an art form of dressage dating back over 250 years. He’s a widow living with his 14-year old granddaughter, Sarah, who he’s training to reach his skill level. They own a horse named Boo who is stabled in an urban area of London beneath railway arches. When Henri is suddenly hospitalized, Sarah finds herself alone until her path crosses Natasha Macauley, a solicitor advocate who takes her in, along with her estranged husband, Mac. The challenges that follow bring out the best and worst of all of them as they struggle to make their situation work. Moyes crafts each of these characters so skillfully, showing all sides, boils and all. There are times when you want to throttle all of them but then later want to applaud them for what’s truly in their hearts. Natasha was the most challenging to embrace as she was adept at hiding her feelings, presenting most frequently a rather cool indifference. But typical of a Moyes character, what lay beneath that exterior was complex. What binds all of them together, however is Boo, the most fabulous horse who Sarah loves unconditionally. Fiona Hardingham is outstanding in her narration, providing each character with his and her own distinctive voice and personality while communicating a difficult story. She made the words leap from the pages, creating vivid images of setting, the quirky folks in Henri and Sarah’s world and, of course Boo. I really enjoyed this story, despite some situations that stretched the limits of credulity (who doesn’t notice a horse traveling from London to France through the streets?). It’s a good tale with great characterizations and I’m glad I opted to listen versus read. (I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I've enjoyed other Jojo Moyes novels, but I found this one to be inane. So much of its conflict was unrealistic. Would an ex-husband and wife share their house together and accept a foster child? Would people give a woman a hard time for prioritizing her runaway foster child? Would a 14-year-old girl really prepare to prostitute herself for back rent without even trying to ask for help? Why did Cowboy John smoke dope in a car? How could a rider and horse run along a freeway and jump over a car? I've enjoyed other Jojo Moyes novels, but I found this one to be inane. So much of its conflict was unrealistic. Would an ex-husband and wife share their house together and accept a foster child? Would people give a woman a hard time for prioritizing her runaway foster child? Would a 14-year-old girl really prepare to prostitute herself for back rent without even trying to ask for help? Why did Cowboy John smoke dope in a car? How could a rider and horse run along a freeway and jump over a car? What the hell is happening? Why do I refuse to put a book down even when it is obviously a waste of time? At least I learned about capriole and now I want a Selle Français.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    4,25 sterren - Nederlandse paperback - Ik heb dyslexie - Een prachtig boek met hier en daar een tikje bitterheid. Ik heb dit boek met een lach een een traan gelezen. En de liefde voor paarden heb ik ook. En ook ik help jonge tieners geslagen door het leven. Voor mij dus heel herkenbaar. 🦋🍀🦋🍀🌺

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen ⊰✿

    I feel so sad marking a Moyes book as 2 stars. Maybe it is 2.5. But I was so disappointed with this book, it is a far cry from the other 8 books of hers I have read. Mostly the book was too long, and not much happened. The things that did happen I didn't find overly believable and one of the main characters was just annoying and frustrating. There was also some strange flashbacks to the Grandfather as a prologue and later in the book that I felt unnecessary. Just a bit of a mess of a novel really I feel so sad marking a Moyes book as 2 stars. Maybe it is 2.5. But I was so disappointed with this book, it is a far cry from the other 8 books of hers I have read. Mostly the book was too long, and not much happened. The things that did happen I didn't find overly believable and one of the main characters was just annoying and frustrating. There was also some strange flashbacks to the Grandfather as a prologue and later in the book that I felt unnecessary. Just a bit of a mess of a novel really. Thankfully Moyes has come far since writing this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    RoseMary Achey

    Something was "off" about the main characters in this novel. They were not 100% solid or fleshed out properly. A story of several characters learning to trust after a traumatic events the novel takes place in contemporary London. A young couple are in the midst of a divorce when a 14 year old foster child enters their lives. It is an enjoyable enough read, not just one of those books you want to tell all your friends about.

  7. 4 out of 5

    allys_books

    Absolut umwerfend, definitiv mein zweitliebstes Buch von Jojo Moyes! Sie hat mich damit richtiggehend bezaubert!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angigames

    La Moyes è tornata in pompa magna! FINALMENTE! Con una trama che riesce ha far si che due storie, apparentemente distinte, possano fondersi in un’avventura straordinaria! Questa è la storia di Sarah un 14enne introversa, ma abile cavallerizza che si vede costretta a prendersi cura del suo amato Boo da sola, perché suo nonno è stato colpito da un ictus. È la storia di Natasha, avvocato talentuoso, divorata dalla consapevolezza e dalla delusione di non poter essere madre. È la storia anche di Mac, La Moyes è tornata in pompa magna! FINALMENTE! Con una trama che riesce ha far si che due storie, apparentemente distinte, possano fondersi in un’avventura straordinaria! Questa è la storia di Sarah un 14enne introversa, ma abile cavallerizza che si vede costretta a prendersi cura del suo amato Boo da sola, perché suo nonno è stato colpito da un ictus. È la storia di Natasha, avvocato talentuoso, divorata dalla consapevolezza e dalla delusione di non poter essere madre. È la storia anche di Mac, ex marito di Natasha, artista che vive alla giornata, che capirà però di aver fatto bene a dare un nuovo scossone alla sua vita (e che si ritroverà a dover vivere per due mesi interi insieme all’ex moglie!). La storia è meravigliosa. Scorre veloce, appassiona ed emoziona. Iniziato il primo capitolo è impossibile fermarsi! La Moyes gestisce bene tutto. Bellissimo il rapporto tra Sarah e Boo, la parte che riguarda i cavalli è molto dettagliata e ben fatta, molto bella. Mi sono emozionata pure per la parte romance perché non è ostentata… ma l’attesa non fa che aumentare capitolo dopo capitolo… ;) Finale non troppo verosimile (con la scampagnata in Francia…) ma molto, molto dolce, molto alla Moyes per intenderci e io ho adorato questa cosa… perché è questa la Moyes che voglio! Consigliato! (soprattutto se amate i cavalli e la scuola francese!)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tannaz

    بعد از کشتی نوعروسان، کتابی بود نوشته جو جو مویز که من را از هیجان از جا می پراند. من چقدر نوشته های این خانم را دوست دارم.

  10. 4 out of 5

    tamara22__

    Auch diese Geschichte von Jojo Moyes ist echt toll. Besonders auch für Pferdeliebhaber. Mittendrin sind die Bücher leider immer etwas zäh aber ansonsten top.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Teleurgesteld... het verhaal is mooi, maar het is zo langdradig en traag... ik ergerde me op veel punten aan de personages en het was allemaal zo voorspelbaar en overdreven dramatisch... echt jammer, blijkbaar kan geen enkel Moyes-boek tippen aan Voor jou. Behalve Vier plus één. Maar goed. Uitgebreide recensie: http://thebookreview.nl/recensies/rom...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irene Rauch

    Man muss kein Pferdenarr sein um dieses Buch zu lieben! Die Geschichte war einfach toll! Und auch so realistisch. Das hätte alles wirklich so passieren können. Auch die Charaktere mochte ich sehr. Ich bin begeistert!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    As a young man, Henri Lachapelle is the star of La Cadre Noir, an elite group of horsemen in the French city of Saumur. But when he meets Florence, it’s love at first sight and he gives it all up to be with her in England. Now, he lives on a London estate with his granddaughter Sarah but his dream lives on. In a stable under railway arches, lives Boo, a Selle Francais he bought as a colt for Sarah; together they train him and he gives them purpose. But when Henri suffers a stroke, Sarah must go As a young man, Henri Lachapelle is the star of La Cadre Noir, an elite group of horsemen in the French city of Saumur. But when he meets Florence, it’s love at first sight and he gives it all up to be with her in England. Now, he lives on a London estate with his granddaughter Sarah but his dream lives on. In a stable under railway arches, lives Boo, a Selle Francais he bought as a colt for Sarah; together they train him and he gives them purpose. But when Henri suffers a stroke, Sarah must go into foster care and do whatever it takes to not be parted from Boo, even if that means hiding his existence. Lawyer Natasha is in the middle of a divorce with her ex Mac when she finds Sarah shoplifting a packet of fishfingers. Used to dealing with underprivileged kids, she takes Sarah home to find her living by herself and a broken in flat. When she takes her in for the night, little does she know the future the three of them will have. It may seem odd to imagine horses in the inner city but London was built up around horses and they do remain in the city today. Jojo Moyes’ story is based partly from her own youth spent at inner city stables and a moving tale of a child from Philadelphia, who overcame her lot in life to be chosen to ride for Yale before tragedy struck her family. If you don’t like horses, you may find the relationship between Sarah and Boo difficult to fathom but she completely loves that horse and is her anchor when everything else is falling apart. There were a few moments when I thought things didn’t make sense but with patience, the things I expected would happen in that situation do. Natasha’s not the most amicable character and you may struggle to connect with her. She comes across as cold and unreasonable towards poor Mac. Yes they might be getting divorced, but they have chosen to do something together and he seems a lovely guy despite his dubious taste in girlfriends. I wanted to give her a slap at several points; her mind was so changeable! Their relationship was a little too much rollercoaster and I think she has refined her writing since. There are a few similarities between The Horse Dancer and her new novel, The Girl You Left Behind, especially the addition of legal aspects. I could see that the things Natasha dealt with in her job were reflective of some of the things going on with Sarah but I found them a bit distracting to the overall plot. But really, the most important character is Boo. He may never speak but he brings all the characters together, good or bad. So many times I was so worried for his safety. A wonderful talented and loyal horse, I want my own Boo! Definitely read if you like horses, or even just enjoyed the dressage this summer (although the airs above the ground are rarely performed outside displays by La Cadre Noir and The Spanish Riding School of Vienna). If you don’t really see the point of horses, I’m not sure you will care enough about what’s going on…although this book may change that for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth (bibliobeth)

    In my quest to read one of my favourite authors back catalogue, The Horse Dancer was next on the list and, I have to be honest, was a book I was quite wary about reading. I'm not really a "horsey" kind of girl although I love animals but rest assured, you don't have to know a whole lot about horses to appreciate this lovely, uplifting novel. As with many of Jojo's books we have two stories running concurrently and we hear the points of view of many of the main characters alternately. The first s In my quest to read one of my favourite authors back catalogue, The Horse Dancer was next on the list and, I have to be honest, was a book I was quite wary about reading. I'm not really a "horsey" kind of girl although I love animals but rest assured, you don't have to know a whole lot about horses to appreciate this lovely, uplifting novel. As with many of Jojo's books we have two stories running concurrently and we hear the points of view of many of the main characters alternately. The first story is about Natasha and her soon to be ex-husband Mac. They are in the process of getting a divorce and are attempting to sort out their house and other financial issues when their paths cross with Sarah. Sarah is a fourteen year old girl who has two major loves in her life. The first is her beloved grandfather, Henri whom she lives with and at one time was a professional rider for the prestigious Le Cadre Noir, a French dressage academy but he gave it all up to come to England to marry the love of his life. Sarah's second love is her horse Boo who she spends all of her available time with at his stables, owned by one of her grandfather's oldest friends, Cowboy John. Her dream is to follow in the grandfather's footsteps and ride with Le Cadre Noir in Saumur but when something terrible happens to Henri she is thrust into a catastrophic situation that is not only dangerous for her but may lead to her losing her best friend Boo forever. That's all I really want to say about the plot but believe me, there are so many twists and turns to this narrative that I was compelled to keep reading page after page, desperate to find out what happened to Sarah and Boo. Sarah is a beautifully drawn character that I instantly felt so much for, especially when her situation in life becomes so dire that she is forced into making drastic and potentially life-altering decisions. I did enjoy the story of Natasha and Mac but it only started getting really interesting when Sarah entered their lives. Natasha presents as quite a cold person in contrast to her happy-go-lucky, easy-going ex-husband but I think she was the one character of the novel that underwent the most change and it was a fascinating journey to experience for me as a reader. There are also some action-packed, heart-stopping sequences I wasn't expecting which involve a horse ride/chase through central London that may not be entirely believable to some readers but which I loved. I certainly didn't anticipate enjoying this novel as much as I did and I think fans of Jojo Moyes work will feel the same. If you're one of those "horsey" girls I mentioned earlier? Well, there's a real treat in store for you! For my full review, please see my blog at http://www.bibliobeth.com

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Horse Dancer was a beautiful book and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Jojo Moyes really is a talented author who manages to weave her words into your mindset and turn her characters into your friends/colleagues/acquaintances; they really could be people from your life. As someone who has horses featuring largely within my own life, I don't always enjoy reading books about horses or with horses featured, mainly because lack of knowledge, and therefore incorrect content, on the authors part The Horse Dancer was a beautiful book and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Jojo Moyes really is a talented author who manages to weave her words into your mindset and turn her characters into your friends/colleagues/acquaintances; they really could be people from your life. As someone who has horses featuring largely within my own life, I don't always enjoy reading books about horses or with horses featured, mainly because lack of knowledge, and therefore incorrect content, on the authors part annoys the heck out of me! Luckily, and probably somewhat unsurprisingly, Jojo didn't fall into that category and the story continued to flow. The Horse Dancer is a book which will make you stop and look at your own life, at what is in front of you and it will open your eyes to those around you as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Kleine

    wow wat een mooi verhaal

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Das war jetzt mein fünftes gelesenes Buch der Autorin und ich muss leider sagen, dass ich es von allen bisher am schlechtesten fand.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzn F

    Have the Hankies Nearby!~I dare the reader/listener to keep a dry eye. This book about a young girl and her horse and her foster "family" made me feel and held my interest every in chapter. Jojo Moyes is becoming a favorite for me. This is the second book from this author I've truly enjoyed. And this one had a horse as a main character who develops a unique bond with his young rider. This is a story with adventure, family bonds, romance, betrayal, danger and redemption. I so enjoy a book that in Have the Hankies Nearby!~I dare the reader/listener to keep a dry eye. This book about a young girl and her horse and her foster "family" made me feel and held my interest every in chapter. Jojo Moyes is becoming a favorite for me. This is the second book from this author I've truly enjoyed. And this one had a horse as a main character who develops a unique bond with his young rider. This is a story with adventure, family bonds, romance, betrayal, danger and redemption. I so enjoy a book that invites you in and brings you along for the ride.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    4.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    3.5 stars. "The Horse Dancer" is the story of Tash and Mac and their marriage that is falling apart. It's the story of Sarah, a young teenager, whose grandfather gets sick and threatens to rip apart the only thing that has given her life stability: her love of horseback writing. Told with Moyes' signature heart and memorable characters, this book will drag your heart through the mud and leave you with hope and happiness. I'm not a horse fan but I am an animal lover. I loved the bond that Sarah ha 3.5 stars. "The Horse Dancer" is the story of Tash and Mac and their marriage that is falling apart. It's the story of Sarah, a young teenager, whose grandfather gets sick and threatens to rip apart the only thing that has given her life stability: her love of horseback writing. Told with Moyes' signature heart and memorable characters, this book will drag your heart through the mud and leave you with hope and happiness. I'm not a horse fan but I am an animal lover. I loved the bond that Sarah had with her horse, Boo. Sarah's grandfather has been a masterful rider in his own day and he passed his love of horses on to Sarah. I really liked how committed Sarah was to Boo and everything that she went through in order to continue practice horseback riding and then on top of it, how much she goes through in order to fix things for Boo. Moyes is a master at taking the difficult and turning into a really heartwarming story. I love how she is able to turn this on its head - this always make for a super satisfying read! There are a few continuity issues throughout the book and it gets a bit predictable towards the end but because of the ending, it is still satisfying.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bücherwunder

    Nachdem ich die Bücher von Jojo Moyes nicht immer mochte ("Ein ganzes halbes Jahr") stach da schon positiv heraus, ging ich mit relativ niedrigen Erwartungen an diesen Roman heran. Doch obwohl mich Pferde nicht sonderlich interessieren, die hier definitiv eine Rolle spielen und obwohl die Konstellation aus verlorenem Kind und unglücklichem Ehepaar sicherlich neu ist - es konnte mich überzeugen. Kein Kitsch, sympathische Protagonisten und eine leichtfüßige Erzählweise machen es durchaus lesenswert Nachdem ich die Bücher von Jojo Moyes nicht immer mochte ("Ein ganzes halbes Jahr") stach da schon positiv heraus, ging ich mit relativ niedrigen Erwartungen an diesen Roman heran. Doch obwohl mich Pferde nicht sonderlich interessieren, die hier definitiv eine Rolle spielen und obwohl die Konstellation aus verlorenem Kind und unglücklichem Ehepaar sicherlich neu ist - es konnte mich überzeugen. Kein Kitsch, sympathische Protagonisten und eine leichtfüßige Erzählweise machen es durchaus lesenswert.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    Jojo è tornata. Col botto. Partiamo da principio, conosco questa autrice e ormai ho letto un discreto numero di suoi romanzi dopotutto. Le emozioni che mi ha dato questo mi hanno davvero travolta e ho ritrovato la delicatezza della Moyes in tutto il suo splendore. La storia comprende una serie di personaggi: il nonno Henry, la piccola demoniaca Sarah, l'avvocatessa di ghiaccio Natasha e Mac. Le loro strade si intrecciano quando Natasha si "accolla" la responsabilità di Sarah, insieme a Mac, il suo q Jojo è tornata. Col botto. Partiamo da principio, conosco questa autrice e ormai ho letto un discreto numero di suoi romanzi dopotutto. Le emozioni che mi ha dato questo mi hanno davvero travolta e ho ritrovato la delicatezza della Moyes in tutto il suo splendore. La storia comprende una serie di personaggi: il nonno Henry, la piccola demoniaca Sarah, l'avvocatessa di ghiaccio Natasha e Mac. Le loro strade si intrecciano quando Natasha si "accolla" la responsabilità di Sarah, insieme a Mac, il suo quasi ex marito. (view spoiler)[E come nelle migliori trame, si vede lontano un miglio che le intenzioni dell'autrice sono di far scattare nuovamente del tenero tra i due, principalmente perché non abbiamo il prosciutto sugli occhi (hide spoiler)] Sarah è la rappresentazione umana di un demonio. Non si fida, è cocciuta, bugliarda e ladra. La Moyes può giustificarla quanto le pare, ma proprio perché dopotutto sei una brava persona, non vai a rubare soldi così, a caso. Almeno, ma che ne so, chiedi. E poi non ci sarebbe stato nulla di male a dire: A) "Ragazzi, ho un cavallo, mi garba abbestia, gni devo dare da mangiare." B) "Devo dare l'affitto a quello strozzino che ha comprato l'appartamento di mio nonno e ha aumentato i prezzi perché è un balordo infame". Cioè, tanto tanto la faccenda del cavallo, che tieni nascosta perché magari "buuu ho paura me lo portino via!!!" (...), ma dire che ti servono per l'affitto e, che ne so, dire che mentre andavi a scuola ti avevano rapinata, perché no! Cioè STORIE LINEARI, per essere una bricconcella 14enne hai poca inventiva. In tutto ciò, drammi. Ma drammi a palate, roba che Grey's Anatomy diventa quasi una commediola per famiglie. (view spoiler)[La bellezza del lo sapevo, cazzo, lo sapevo, che ti esce spontaneo quando Sal tenta di stuprate Sarah non ha eguali nel mondo. (hide spoiler)] Questo libro parla di amore, di una fuga, di amanti che hanno la stessa empatia dello scaldabagno che ti fa passare la doccia da -20° a lava incandescente. Questo libro parla di sogni. Mi ha tenuto sveglia a leggerlo. L'ho davvero adorato.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    You can find all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! I love me some Jojo Moyes. I’ve read a ton of her stuff. I follow her on Twitter & I think she’s smart, lovely & her stories stick with me. I often think about the whales from Silver Bay. The crazy road trip in One Plus One with Jess & her son was a perfect summer read. Me Before You & After You were both so amazing & I still think of Lou when I see a pair of crazy shoes. The Girl You Left Beh You can find all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! I love me some Jojo Moyes. I’ve read a ton of her stuff. I follow her on Twitter & I think she’s smart, lovely & her stories stick with me. I often think about the whales from Silver Bay. The crazy road trip in One Plus One with Jess & her son was a perfect summer read. Me Before You & After You were both so amazing & I still think of Lou when I see a pair of crazy shoes. The Girl You Left Behind is one of my favorite reads-ever. I bawled my eyes out, clutched my heart & it’s a book you can recommend to most anyone. The Horse Dancer is classic Jojo; she writes with so much heart, it’s impossible not to fall in love with her narrative. I was getting a small Curly Sue vibe from the overworked Natasha taking in the down on her luck, Sarah, but I totally loved it. I liked seeing their relationship evolve throughout the story & appreciated that it took time to build trust. And Boo….I want a Boo. Horses are so majestic & I loved getting to know Boo through Sarah. If you’re Really Into horses, I would think you may be able to find an even deeper connection to this story. I honestly could read an entire book devoted to Henri & Le Cadre Noir. This book was Really enjoyable & my fellow Jojo Moyes fangirls can rejoice because this book is on par with her other books we know & love. Special thanks to Jojo Moyes, Penguin & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrizia

    Vorhersehbar und das meiste Handeln der Protagonisten nervig und nicht nachvollziehbar. Ich kann nicht Verstehen, dass man so wenig miteinander kommuniziert

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    3.5 stars. "The Horse Dancer" is the story of Tash and Mac and their marriage that is falling apart. It's the story of Sarah, a young teenager, whose grandfather gets sick and threatens to rip apart the only thing that has given her life stability: her love of horseback writing. Told with Moyes' signature heart and memorable characters, this book will drag your heart through the mud and leave you with hope and happiness. I'm not a horse fan but I am an animal lover. I loved the bond that Sarah ha 3.5 stars. "The Horse Dancer" is the story of Tash and Mac and their marriage that is falling apart. It's the story of Sarah, a young teenager, whose grandfather gets sick and threatens to rip apart the only thing that has given her life stability: her love of horseback writing. Told with Moyes' signature heart and memorable characters, this book will drag your heart through the mud and leave you with hope and happiness. I'm not a horse fan but I am an animal lover. I loved the bond that Sarah had with her horse, Boo. Sarah's grandfather has been a masterful rider in his own day and he passed his love of horses on to Sarah. I really liked how committed Sarah was to Boo and everything that she went through in order to continue practice horseback riding and then on top of it, how much she goes through in order to fix things for Boo. Moyes is a master at taking the difficult and turning into a really heartwarming story. I love how she is able to turn this on its head - this always make for a super satisfying read! There are a few continuity issues throughout the book and it gets a bit predictable towards the end but because of the ending, it is still satisfying.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Van Trigt

    Ze hebben alleen elkaar nog. Sarah en haar opa Henri. Samen wonen ze in een flatje waar materiële rijkdom totaal aan hen voorbij is gegaan. Hun momenten van geluk beleven ze het meest intens op de bijzondere stadsmanege van Cowboy John, een aparte verschijning. Sarah is op haar best en het meest gelukkig wanneer ze met haar paard Boo is, iedere vrije minuut brengt ze dan ook daar door. Het is niet onopgemerkt gebleven dat Sarah een zeer getalenteerd amazone is. Wat hem zelf vroeger niet is geluk Ze hebben alleen elkaar nog. Sarah en haar opa Henri. Samen wonen ze in een flatje waar materiële rijkdom totaal aan hen voorbij is gegaan. Hun momenten van geluk beleven ze het meest intens op de bijzondere stadsmanege van Cowboy John, een aparte verschijning. Sarah is op haar best en het meest gelukkig wanneer ze met haar paard Boo is, iedere vrije minuut brengt ze dan ook daar door. Het is niet onopgemerkt gebleven dat Sarah een zeer getalenteerd amazone is. Wat hem zelf vroeger niet is gelukt hoopt Henri nu met zijn kleindochter Sarah wel voor elkaar te krijgen. Sarah is een natuurtalent op het paard, net als hij dat vroeger was. Maar Henri’s droom viel in duigen en hij is vastbesloten zijn droom, nu geprojecteerd op Sarah, alsnog uit te laten komen. Maar de omstandigheden in de Londense achterbuurt zijn niet optimaal. Het zal op doorzettingsvermogen en karakter aankomen of het grootvader en kleindochter zal lukken om met paard Boo te bereiken wat ze voor ogen hebben. Maar Sarah is pas veertien, een meisje nog, en dat botst soms met de harde leerschool van haar grootvader. Maar alles dat hij doet komt uit een goed hart, hij wil gewoon dat zij de kansen krijgt én aanpakt die hij door zijn vingers heeft laten glippen. Dit is zijn kans om toch een positieve draai aan zijn leven te geven. Het doel is een plek bij dé rijschool van Frankrijk, Le Cadre Noir, het elitekorps te paard dat al bestaat sinds de periode van Napoléon. Niet eerder lukte het een vrouw om daar een plek te veroveren. Ze zijn goed op weg, het talent is er maar dan ineens verandert alles. Op dat moment leert Sarah Natasha Macauly kennen. Een advocate die gespecialiseerd is in jeugdrecht en privé nogal wat meemaakt op het moment dat ze op Sarah’s pad komt. Natasha is heel gevoelig voor haar cliënten en heeft behoorlijk moeite haar emoties buiten haar werk te houden. Met de zaak rondom Sarah is dat niet anders. Natasha is vastbesloten om Sarah te helpen en haar het leven te bieden dat opa Henri voor ogen had. Intussen worstelt ze zelf ook nog met haar eigen vraagstukken en twijfels. Jojo Moyes, een verdere introductie is voor de kenners niet nodig. Deze auteur schrijft stuk voor stuk bestsellers, boeken die je vastpakken en vervolgens een onvergetelijke indruk achterlaten. Zelfs op het witte doek komen haar verhalen tot leven. Iedere keer wanneer er een nieuw boek van haar hand verschijnt is de verwachting dan ook hoog. Met haar vorige romans heeft ze dusdanig haar naam gevestigd en een reputatie opgebouwd die telkens doet verwachten dat ze zichzelf overtreft, een moeilijke opgave natuurlijk. In dit boek is er wederom sprake van een indrukwekkend verhaal dat zowel een traan als een lach zal oproepen tijdens het lezen. Sarah en Henri zijn personages die meteen sympathie bij je oproepen. Sarah vanwege haar kinderlijke onschuld maar oeverloze passie voor de paardensport, ingegoten door haar opa. Henri daarentegen wil zijn droom alsnog verwezenlijken en daar heeft hij Sarah voor nodig. In het begin van het verhaal kom je te weten waarom zijn ambities nooit zijn uitgekomen en dat stuk is best indrukwekkend en ook wel sneu. Niets menselijks is hem vreemd maar de prijs was enorm. ‘Dans met mij’ is zowel een levensverhaal als een liefdesverhaal. Voor mens en dier in dit geval. Het is op de herkenbare wijze van Moyes geschreven en het leest heerlijk. Toch moet gezegd worden dat het overgrote gedeelte over paarden en de paardensport gaat. Het stuk over Le Cadre Noir is erg interessant, ook voor de niet-liefhebbers. Daarmee maak je een verhaal realistisch en fascinerend. Toch kent dat ook een keerzijde, want als je daar niets mee hebt of geen idee hebt wat er wordt bedoeld dan mis je wellicht cruciale (paardensport)zaken. En dat was nu dus het geval. Ondanks dat het verhaal echt prachtig en innemend is pakte het paardengedeelte me niet. Gewoon omdat het geen herkenning had. Het gedeelte rondom de hoofdpersonages deed dat gelukkig wel en vooral ook Natasha maakte veel indruk. Zij heeft een groot hart en is daardoor erg kwetsbaar. Door haar beroep maakt ze kennis met de meest schrijnende zaken maar ook zit ze niet altijd goed met haar beoordelingsvermogen omdat haar gevoel in de weg staat. Maar Moyes weet dit alles dusdanig te vertellen dat het op geen moment overdreven of ongeloofwaardig aandoet. ‘Dans met mij’ is een dikke pil maar je hebt het zo uit, net zoals al haar andere boeken. Even het aspect rondom de paardensport wegdenken dan heb je een échte Moyes te pakken. Een oordeel vellen over het paardenstuk kan ik niet omdat het me én niet aansprak én niet bekend voorkwam. Dit thema moet je gewoon liggen en dat was hier niet het geval. Wat uiteraard niet wil zeggen dat het geen prachtig boek is en de liefhebbers van Moyes kunnen hun hart wederom ophalen aan een heerlijk verhaal. Puur kijkend naar de schrijfstijl (heerlijk!), de personages (innemend en hartverwarmend) en de sfeer (authentiek en beeldend) is dit weer een geweldige roman van de hand van een van de grootste romanschrijvers van deze tijd! Beoordelend op de verhaallijnen en het thema kom ik op drie sterren uit, maar op leesplezier toch echt op vier dikke sterren.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    To be perfectly honest, I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning. It took me about 75 pages to get into. I was shocked, especially since I have enjoyed other books by this author. I ended up totally getting into the story, glad I stuck with it. A great book about 14 year old Sarah, her horse (Boo), and the struggles she overcomes. Strong, emotional book. Yep, you guessed it...it made me cry in several places! Would I recommend this? Absolutely!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I really wanted to like this book because I really like Jojo Moyes as a writer, but I could not get into it, and did not even finish the book. The story takes place in two different time periods, and the story of Florence (the story in the past) was very boring.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Not being a horse person, I was hesitant to start this book. In the end, Boo is a horse I will long remember along with his owner, Sarah, and the people who cared for her.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Priss

    4.5/5. There was so much drama involved in this book, but the ending...... It was all I could have wished for. Such a lovely book~

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.