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The Horse Dancer: A Novel
     

The Horse Dancer: A Novel

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by Jojo Moyes
 

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A quintessential Jojo Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything
 
When Sarah’s grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo—hoping that one day she’ll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from

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A quintessential Jojo Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything
 
When Sarah’s grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo—hoping that one day she’ll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhood—she quietly trains in city’s parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits.
 
Natasha, a young lawyer, is reeling after her failed marriage: her professional judgment is being questioned, her new boyfriend is a let-down, and she’s forced to share her house with her charismatic ex-husband. Yet when the willful fourteen-year-old Sarah lands in her path, Natasha decides to take the girl under her wing.
 
But Sarah is keeping a secret—a secret that will change the lives of everyone involved forever.

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"Reading Jojo Moyes’s newest novel, The Horse Dancer, I had to keep reminding myself that I was not, in fact, reading Dickens. . . As a storyteller, Moyes again takes a note from Dickens, moving easily between several storylines, toggling between the past and the present, the urban and the rural, the domestic and the professional, with ease and confidence. . . Moyes’s vision of people lifted from despair by nothing more than love (and a little money) is nothing if not poignant." —Washington Post

“There's something in it everyone will love. . . The Horse Dancer is a heartfelt, gut-wrenching, emotional novel filled with moments of joy, excitement, and plenty of tears. In her signature style, Moyes has woven a complicated story about unforgettable characters you'll contemplate long after you finish reading. . . a multi-generational story that will tug at heart strings and leave everyone reaching for the tissues, and for a hug. Trust me, this is the kind of book you'll want to share with the ones you love." —Bustle

“Fans of Moyes (Paris for One and Other Stories, 2016, etc.) know what to expect from her books—big emotions, quirky characters, and a few tears—and this one delivers on all counts.” —Kirkus Reviews 

"With a touch of adventure, Moyes offers a lovely comment on the importance of discipline, love, and persistence in our relationships." —Booklist

“A tale brimming with tenderness and romance.” —Marie Claire (UK)
 
“An inspiring love story . . . Billy Elliot in jodhpurs.” —Daily Mail (London)
 
“A strikingly original tale which captivates from the first page.” —Daily Express (London)

Library Journal
03/15/2017
Successful London attorney Natasha is finally moving forward after her marriage to Mac fell apart. Her career is taking off, her relationship with her boyfriend Conor is stable, if bland, and she has her big, beautiful house all to herself. Then Mac moves back in, and he and Natasha find themselves the guardians of troubled teenager Sarah. Sarah has been raised by her loving but strict grandfather. Known to everyone as the Captain, he was an expert horseman who has taught Sarah the classic arts of French dressage. Strictly independent, Sarah takes her obligations to her horse, Boo, seriously, even after her grandfather has a massive stroke and ends up in long-term care. Without her grandfather's presence, not even the guidance of Mac and Natasha can protect Sarah and Boo from a dangerous mobster and the girl's own poor choices. Sarah's dramas seem the most perilous, but readers might just wish for Natasha and Mac to ask the right questions and head off looming calamity. VERDICT Moyes (Me Before You; After You) is a master of character development, allowing each of her protagonists to stumble, shine, and surprise in all their humanity. Recommended for fans of the author and general fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, 10/31/16.]—Jennifer Beach, Longwood Univ. Lib., Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2017-01-23
A horse-loving girl and a cynical lawyer cross paths in this 2009 novel now being published in the U.S. Fourteen-year-old Sarah lives with her grandfather, a man who once rode with the elite riding school Le Cadre Noir, and spends every spare second working with her horse at an urban stable under railway arches in London, hoping to follow in his footsteps. But when her grandfather suffers a stroke, Sarah is on her own—until she runs into Natasha Macauley, a lawyer who's used to working with disadvantaged children. Natasha has problems of her own—she's dealing with her challenging legal career and trying to navigate the messy dissolution of her marriage. When she and her almost-ex-husband impulsively decide to take Sarah in, complications quickly arise. Sarah keeps sneaking out to care for Boo, and as her situation grows more desperate, she begins lying and stealing. Was it a mistake for Natasha to become involved in Sarah's life? And will Sarah be able to protect her beloved horse? Clocking in at nearly 500 pages, the story sometimes feels bloated. However, it's easy to become emotionally invested in the characters, and Sarah's situation is compelling and unique. If readers are willing to stick it out, they'll be rewarded with an ending that is both satisfying and sweet. Fans of Moyes (Paris for One and Other Stories, 2016, etc.) know what to expect from her books—big emotions, quirky characters, and a few tears—and this one delivers on all counts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143130628
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
16,061
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You (now a major motion picture), After You, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.

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The Horse Dancer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 5 days ago
I read this book and loved it.
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