Fifteen-year-old Fran and her impulsive mother live alone on a small farm with a menagerie of entertaining animals. Against Fran�s better judgement, her mother rescues an abused horse from a shifty character. Fran names him Charlie and nurses him back to health. Gradually, they realize that he is a horse of rare quality.
When it is suggested to Fran and her mother that Charlie might have been stolen, Fran is miserable at the thought of another girl out there with a broken heart. But her love of Charlie grows by the day and he�s turning into a fabulous jumper, giving Fran confidence she never had before.
Meanwhile, a mysterious Gypsy boy, Kez, appears out of nowhere, lurking at the edge of their fields, and a string of tack thefts hits the area. Fran must go with her instincts to protect the wrongly accused, all the while searching for Charlie�s real owners . . . yet hoping they will never be found.
"A Horse by Any Other Name" is a story of friendship, crime solving, bravery, and love.
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First, I would like to say A HORSE BY ANY OTHER NAME was one of the best horse books I have read and it really seemed like the author knew what she was talking about. I have had this book for quite a long time and never had the chance to read so finally I decided to read it and was extremely happy I made the choice. Jenny Hughes has such a dramatic way of writing it made me get really into it and I found myself not wanting to stop. I felt like the second I started reading the book she got right to the point with it and it immediately caught my attention. As well as catching my attention easily, it also had an amazing story to tell about a mal-nourished horse being rehabilitated to be this amazing, fit, and perfect animal.
Jenny Hughes also has a great way of describing characters to the point where you actually feel like you know them. Like the way she described Fran¿s mother to be this wild and crazy person and how she used her hair always being a mess and her energy feeding off to her horse Woolf to get the point across. Also, how she described Kez, Fran¿s gypsy crush with these amazing blue eyes and soft look and how his energy later feeds into Woolf as well to get the point across that he is a gentle and kind person and not the stereo-typical gypsy. For most of the book I felt like I was living the life with Fran, her mother, Kez, and Ben.
Though, I did find the books setting could have been a little more vividly described and that would have made the book that much better. But, everything else was put in such amazing words it really compensated for the lack of setting and I still did get for the most part how everything was set up. Also, the fact that it was in a farm and village setting helped because generally things like that are pretty self explanatory but I had no idea what the time frame was or anything like that.
Other than the setting issues I thought the book was amazing and I really enjoyed it. Even though things got rough here and there and very emotional, almost a typical fairy tale type story where things go terribly wrong but in the ending is a happy one and made me happy that things went well. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who is into horses and even a little bit of romance and surely an amazingly happy ending!