Samatha's Irish Luck (Thoroughbred)

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This 13 year old equestrian series is still running strong with the publication of it's 66th title!

Samantha is in love and has finally found the perfect horse. But is her luck about to run out?

Samantha and Tor's month–long honeymoon in Ireland turns into a much longer stay when Samantha meets Finn, a massive sporthorse that is a descendant of Red Rum, steeplechasing's greatest horse. Samantha is enjoying ...

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Overview

This 13 year old equestrian series is still running strong with the publication of it's 66th title!

Samantha is in love and has finally found the perfect horse. But is her luck about to run out?

Samantha and Tor's month–long honeymoon in Ireland turns into a much longer stay when Samantha meets Finn, a massive sporthorse that is a descendant of Red Rum, steeplechasing's greatest horse. Samantha is enjoying such success with Finn that she and Tor settle into the idea that they'll be in Ireland for the rest of their lives.

Then Tor gets an urgent call to return home to Kentucky. With the Grand National just weeks away, Tor urges Samantha to stay in Ireland but she still finds herself torn between her husband and her beloved horse. If only she didn't have such a nagging feeling about leaving Finn behind. She's sure something horrible is about to happen.

Check out the bio and photo of famed horse Red Rum inside!

Ages 10 – 14

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060595258
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2004
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series , #66
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Thoroughbred #66: Samantha's Irish Luck

Chapter One

"Do you think this room is going to be big enough?" Samantha Nelson asked her husband, Tor. They were standing in the middle of the spare bedroom in their house at Whisperwood, the Kentucky eventing farm they owned. It was early October, and outside the window a large oak tree spread its branches, afire with leaves of russet, gold, and auburn. Fat brown acorns dangled from their stems, ready to fall to the ground. Beyond the tree, Samantha could see Whisperwood's grassy paddocks, where Thoroughbreds and warmblood horses grazed. Miss Battleship, their big chestnut broodmare, stood at the gate to her turnout, watching Kaitlin Boyce, one of Whisperwood's riding students, lead Sterling Dream to an adjoining pasture.

Kaitlin paused to pet Miss Battleship, and Sterling crowded close to the fence, hanging her gray head over the top rail to greet the other mare before Kaitlin led her to her own paddock. Samantha smiled and glanced at her husband, who was by her side, gazing out the window.

"I like the view from this room," Tor said. "Can you imagine a better way for our children to wake up every morning than to see the horses? It's going to be a great nursery Sammy."

For the past six years the bedroom had been used for storage, and Samantha and Tor had crammed unused furniture, boxes full of memorabilia, and old clothes into the space until they could find the time to sort things out. Giving riding lessons, breeding and training sport horses, and competing in three-day events and steeplechases gave them little time to spend fixing up the ranch house. Taking care of their horses and maintaining the riding facilities and stable had been their priority, until they learned they would be having a baby early in the spring.

It had been a wonderful surprise for the Nelsons the previous week when Samantha's adoptive sister, Cindy McLean, and their friends Ashleigh Griffen and Christina Reese had taken a day from their own busy schedules to help clear the room in preparation for the baby.

"I like the view, too, but we need space for all the furniture," Samantha said. "The room looks huge without anything in it, but I'm still not sure it's going to be big enough." She rested her hands on her rounded stomach. Her voice seemed to echo off the walls of the empty bedroom, but Samantha knew that once the nursery was finished, it would feel cozy and welcoming. She was looking forward to seeing the room full of baby furniture. "Do you think we need to fix up one of the bigger rooms instead?" she asked Tor.

Tor looked around the empty space and shook his head. "Babies are small," he said. "They don't need a lot of room."

"Maybe at first." Samantha pushed a lock of her wavy auburn hair behind her ear, then cocked her head to gaze up at her tall, blond husband. "Babies may be small," she said, "but they need lots of things that take up room."

"We'll make it work," Tor told her. He pointed at one wall. "The changing table can go over there," he said.

Thoroughbred #66: Samantha's Irish Luck. Copyright © by Joanna Campbell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A romantic horse adventure. Enjoy

    All the elements of a good horse story. Romance, adventures, challenges and a great horse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    Light read, but some horribly wrong facts

    As the books go, it was entertaining, as the facts go, it was appalling. You expect me to believe that a six year old horse is going to compete at BADMINTON? I don't think so, and I think the author needs to take a look at what age horses compete at, and the level of eventing that Badminton is. Also, the biggest kicker of them all? So Finn is supposed to be the son of the immortal Red Rum. Unless I've got the wrong Red Rum (Quorum x Mared, 100 races, 24 wins, 3 Grand National wins, 2 back to back, etc.), I do believe Rummie was a GELDING, therefore incapable of siring foals. (Much like all steeplechasers, which makes Finn being a stallion peculiar, but I won't even go there). So, if you can ignore the falsities, go ahead and read the book. I was hoping that, with a entire biography about Red Rum on the back page, the authors could have done a bit more research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Seven Years and Still Reading This Series

    In this book it tells of how Samantha finally married her long-time boyfriend Tor and they spent their honeymoon money on a Steeplechase mare and their family and friends pitched in to send them to Ireland to the Celtic Meadows Stables. This story is a flashback as Sammie is still kicked out of the nursery while Christina, Cindy, and Ashleigh fix it up for the new baby and to pass the time Sammie tells Kaitlin, a student and Sterling Dream's new rider, about how her and Tor nearly stayed there with Finn, a Red Rum decendent. I loved this book very much and am going to start on the next couple books. I reccomend this to any Thoroughbred fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Better then 65

    First of all why do they all of the sudden make Jazz a bad guy in all of this.You damn well that he would never do anything to hurt Melanie.And why do they have kevin back?You have not heard about him for like 20 books and now all of the sudden they have him and Mel talking?I think that they way that they were writing the stories that Melanie was always happy w/ Jazz.Also they have to start going into detail about the horses and onther things in the books.Also the books seem to be getting shorter and shorter all the time.And i also think that they should stick w/ the charters that they have now and not start going into others like Katlin.the series is about horseracing not eventing.Also when are they going to have Chris go over and watch Parker in that event.They menchined that in book 63 or 64.They should also be making the books harder and they have to have better covers and they have to have a story line that you like dont know what is going to happen or what will happen at the end.

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