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Parker's Passion (Thoroughbred Series #61)

Parker's Passion (Thoroughbred Series #61)

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by Joanna Campbell, Karle Dickerson, Karle Dickerson

Parker has never wanted to run Townsend Acres, but when Brad makes him an offer he can't refuse...

Parker Townsend has always had one passion: eventing. And as he works with a legendary trainer in England, it seems as if Parker's dreams are about to come true. But Parker's scheming father, Brad, wants Parker to give up his "foolish" dreams of


Parker has never wanted to run Townsend Acres, but when Brad makes him an offer he can't refuse...

Parker Townsend has always had one passion: eventing. And as he works with a legendary trainer in England, it seems as if Parker's dreams are about to come true. But Parker's scheming father, Brad, wants Parker to give up his "foolish" dreams of competing in the Olympics to manage Townsend Acres when Brad retires.

Parker isn't tempted . . . until Brad buys two horses whose lineages can be traced back to the legendary Welton line! Horses like these would improve Parker's chances of competing in the Olympics, and staying in Kentucky would mean more time with Christina. In his head, Parker knows that he'll be better off if he continues with his training . . . but his heart has other ideas.

Be sure to check out the photograph and bio of the legendary Welton Romance inside!

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Thoroughbred Series , #61
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Thoroughbred #61: Parker's Passion

By Joanna Campbell

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Joanna Campbell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060544414

Chapter One

Eighteen-year-old Parker Townsend stood in the terminal at Kennedy International Airport in New York, a worn duffel bag slung over his shoulder, and studied the screen in front of him. "Flight four-oh-one to London, boarding at gate seven," he whispered out loud. A few hours earlier he'd watched his girlfriend, Christina Reese, ride her way to victory in the final leg of the Triple Crown on her horse, Wonder's Star.

Parker was thrilled that Star had won the Belmont, but he was doubly thrilled that he and Christina had decided to get back together. Their breakup certainly had been difficult, and he'd really missed her. Their becoming a couple again had made this whole trip worthwhile. Even though Christina would be spending the rest of her summer racing at Belmont and Saratoga, and Parker would be across the ocean preparing for Burghley, a prestigious four-star event held in England, they had parted with the agreement to keep their relationship strong. And he knew they would.

The previous night Parker had given Christina a tiny rhinestone horseshoe necklace that he'd bought at the track gift shop. "Here's something for good luck while I'm gone," Parker had said. "I'm sorry they're not real diamonds."

Christina hadshaken her head. "I don't want diamonds," she said, her hazel eyes shining. "I just want you."

Just the thought that Christina was once again his girl had kept Parker smiling all the way to the airport. But now that he was about to check his luggage for the flight to London, something felt off. Not between himself and Christina -- that was great. But something seemed...well, unfinished. He didn't feel quite ready to leave yet, but he couldn't figure out why. As he got closer and closer to the front of the line, he still couldn't figure out what it was, but the feeling was gnawing in the pit of his stomach. His eye drifted to a giant ad for Palm Pilots. The woman in the ad had bright red hair and a wide smile. "That's it," Parker whispered under his breath. The woman in the ad looked just like his mentor, Samantha Nelson. Suddenly a thought popped into his head, so quickly and so powerfully that he didn't have time to talk himself out of it. He knew what he needed to do.

"Next," the ticket agent called. Parker walked over to the counter with his mind made up. He quickly explained his new plan to the ticketing agent.

She handed Parker his revised itinerary. And Parker smiled.

He was going to go back to London, all right. But first he was stopping for a couple of days at home, in Kentucky. I need to talk with Sam before I can go back. Forget England. I'm going to Whisperwood!

He wondered if he was nuts, changing his plans at the very last second. Maybe I am nuts, but I don't care. I need to see her, Parker decided. He knew he couldn't leave the States without spending a little time with Sam and her husband, Tor Nelson. Together the Nelsons owned Whisperwood, a combined training facility near Lexington.

Jack Dalton will explode when he finds out, Parker thought, picturing his instructor back in England. He hoisted his duffel with its faded school crest onto the rack to be checked in for the flight to Kentucky. But I have to go. After all, I'd never have been given the grant to train in England in the first place f it weren't for Sam.

A day and a half later Parker stood on the edge of Whisperwood Farm's cross-country course, watching his favorite pupil, sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Boyce, take a couple of low fences.

"Hey, Brit boy! Check this out!" Kaitlin called as she pointed Sterling Dream toward an imposing jump that resembled a hayrack. She shielded her eyes against the hot June sun and glanced over to make sure that Parker was paying attention.

"Go on, I'm watching," Parker urged somewhat nervously. Kaitlin's warm-up gymnastics had gone smoothly, and when she had started jumping over a few practice jumps set up at the edge of the field, Parker hadn't given it a second thought. But now that she was about to take the dappled gray mare over the huge hayrack, drops of perspiration trickled from Parker's brow, sweat that had nothing to do with the Kentucky summer heat and humidity. The last time he had seen his former student approach a sizable jump like this, she'd sunk her weight into one stirrup, ducked to the right, and gone flying over the fence -- without her horse! Luckily, she hadn't been hurt, but Parker definitely didn't want to see a repeat performance.

But this time Kaitlin and Sterling negotiated the difficult jump with ease and landed squarely on the other side. After she pulled up, Kaitlin pumped her fist in the air and whooped loudly. Parker clapped his hands together and emitted a low whistle. Twisting around in her saddle, Kaitlin grinned at Parker and took off her helmet in mock salute.

"Not bad, huh?" she joked as she brushed some wet tendrils away from her face. "I think I've finally broken my bad habit of putting too much weight in one stirrup."

Parker nodded. "It's a whole new you. Must be all that blond gunk you put in your hair," he cracked. "Makes all the difference."

Kaitlin shot him a look. "Ha ha, very funny. And I haven't used any blond gunk. My hair's just gotten sun-streaked since I've been out in the sun riding so much."

"Well, you two have definitely improved since I've been gone," Parker replied.

"Told ya we would. I'm dying to move up from prelim one day." Kaitlin patted Sterling's darkened neck, flecked with foam. "This sweet girl and I have big plans."

"Not so fast," Parker shot back. "You just rode prelim for the first time this spring, as I recall."


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Meet the Author

Joanna Campbell appears here with her six-year-old Thoroughbred, Meyersville Magic, known around the barn as CC. He's a son of Horatius out of Northwich by Timothy's Champ and is owned by Cathy Day. Formerly trained for racing, he is now being trained for eventing. Last Year he was the Maine Entry Level Champion in Combined Training.

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Parker's Passion (Thoroughbred Series #61) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know who thinks Parker looks confused, but I don't think he looks that way at all. He's looking at her like he wants to be all snuggly with her or whatnot. As for the confusion on that helmet of Christina's? It's called a helmet cover. They sell them everywhere. Would you rather have her be wearing a western hat and get her head smashed in? Get over it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know what everyone's talking about! This was an awesome book! But its a Thoroughbred book, so of course its awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i haven't read this book yet but i am sure it is good..i don't know why everyone is flipping out about the cover...maybe they are just playing it safe and using a western saddle on a young horse... i ride saddle seat english and i use a western saddle all the time..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible! It took me 2 days to read because I coudn't get into it. I was glad that I did not buy this book because I would have wasted money. (In other words don't buy this book!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, simple comparison. What do a western saddle and a racing helmet have in common? .....nothing! Maybe the publishers should think about these things -before- printing the covers of the books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book had nothing to do with what was going on in the book. What is up with the western saddle and Christina in her racing silks. I love the series but I have defintly seen a major change in the series. It is disapointing, and why do the authors always compare one of the Tb horses to a legend. Everyone already knows about them and there is no way another horse can be like them. I mean there will only be one Man O' War in the world. He is a individual horse that set great records, but there is no comparing to him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are geat for horselovers. It is fun to see the horse world though a jockey's eyes! Even though I ride Dressage these books still keep my intrest. Cristina for instance, it tells the problems she would have with Star but it would also tell her love life, probs in school (like she has any) and things that go on in her home, with friends and so on. I think theses books are great reading books for any age of horse lover!! (this book is a A+++++++++++)
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK people, I love the Thoroughbred series, I've been reading since it started, and yes, I am an avid Horse Racing fan, I own a Thoroughbred gelding, and I am 15 years old. I think the books are, yes, not as good as the originals, and I do not like the way they drop off all the older horses, like Pride, and Glory, and never talk about them anymore. I, however, have faith. I dont think Joanna Campbell is writing the series HERSELF (hence, on the covers 'CREATED BY: JOANNA CAMPBELL') and other authors in the back. I do think that the stories will get better as they go on, either way, I'll still read them. And how hard is it to imagine a teenage girl winning a Grade 1 race? Think of Steve Cauthen, he was a teenager when he won the Crown in '78 with Affirmed, and I for one am going to be a jockey when I get old enough to qualify for my license, and yes, I do plan on winning the Crown, if you ask me, that was an EXTREMELY sexist comment, and I for one, am not happy with it. Anyway, I am looking forward to the future books, and if you dont like the series, its simple - DONT BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally, love the Thoroughbred books. They're nice little stories that you can read in one day. I have the whole collection, except #46, which I will be getting so I must say I know what I'm talking about. The ones with Ashliegh and Samantha were entertaining and Cindy's earliest ones where a bit cliche-d but the later Cindy ones up until they started with Christina were the best. I think that she should have stuck with eventing and let someone else ride Star but that's just my preference. The books with Melanie, especially with Image and Jazz are the best of this new generation except when my favorite character, Cindy, pops up again in the Lost diaries. I understand why some of you think these books are unrealistic but they are intended for a younger audience. Even though I'm older I still read them for kicks. Long Live Thoroughbred!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I'm glad that the authors got a clue about the other books. I was sorta dissapointed w/ the other ones, but this was the best one I have read in months. I can't believe Brad actually bought those horses for Parker just so he could make Parker stay at Townsend acres. Good thing his Grandfather stepped in! This book was really good! E-mail me please! I love to discuss these books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think everyone here who has posted a review needs to take a nice, deep breath. You people seem to be forgetting the point of a review: it is to express one's own opinions and views on a book. No one is right or wrong. The other thing is: the reason people are saying they are dismayed with the series is so that the authors can fix that problem. In case you haven't noticed, when we started complaining that we didn't know what happened to Cindy, they wrote two whole books on her! Not to mention that when we complained about the covers, they got a new artist. Sure the books have been going downhill, but it is our responsibility as readers to tell the authors that. I think the reason some people keep 'bashing' the series is because they are so fed up with the quality of the books that they feel it is their duty to say something. One more thing, about the books being unrealistic. I would have to agree that they are getting pretty far away from reality and pretty desperate. However, you can't compare them to fantasy books like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Those books are supposed to be unrealistic, hence the name 'fantasy.' The authors are selling the Thoroughbred books as being about real people with real horses and they are not living up to what they are billed to be. I think everyone needs to take a big breath here, sit back and think about why we started reading these books in the first place...
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey Tb Bashing, we never said we WERE buying the books you know, we are only giving our opinion, i mean, thats what reviews are for, whether they are bad or good. Calm Down Please!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, i guess some people like that stuff, where its unrealistic and all that, but if you don't like that stuff, and you want something that could relate to you more, because everyone has to go through obstacles and you don't always get through them perfectly, then read the Phantom Stallion books. Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg what r u people thinking bashing the thoroughbred books? If you don't like them those of us who do don't need to hear your commits, so keep them to yourselves. personally no i haven't read the whole series up until this point b/c the store in my town doesn't keep them in stock. Listen i'm avid book reader, i read the harry potter series in three days. These books like most, are unrealalistic yes but THEY'RE SUPPOSE TO BE!!!!!!! Use your imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so i love these books i've been reading them for forever and yeah there not as good as the 1st ones but no series can be as good as it was when it started. Second i have a horse and i ride prelim eventing and even though all the racing and eventing stuff might not be realist what book is? I mean all the Harry Potter and lord of the rings stuff is no where near realistic and there still good. Plus all the stuff about what chirs wants to do w/ her life is fine cause at that age its really mostly what u sit and think about, its a big desion. So point being if u don't like the books get a life don't comment on it cause no one cares.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why does Star have on a Western Saddle???????I half expect that the authers are going to have Parker calf roping,but hey what do I know right?I will tell you that I am going to stop reading this sereis if the authers don't start writing better quality books that are able to hold a readers attention and interst.Thankyou,and for those of you who don't know what a review is,its a little item where people right THEIR OPINONS of the book.Yes that right I'm talking to you,because you must not realize that the only one one who is the idot here is you Miss TB Bashing!Yeah you get first prize on that the major dimwit award!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i totally agree with simi if you dont like it dont buy and stop making ppl. think their bad cause their soo not
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last I heard it was a free country?Who died and made you God?????[or course what do you expect with someone who actually whatches Star Trek and reads the Saddle club,unrealistic.Oh and 2 words for Miss Star Trek chick.......grow up}
Guest More than 1 year ago
People find a need to bash the series because they don't like the books,and they are simply trying to save people from wasting their money.Get over it.{its clear you don't actualy own a horse,do you?????}
Guest More than 1 year ago
These series used to be so great, now its so not. And Jordan, i am just like you, i live with a book in my nose, and i know this series is looking really sad. and Phantom Stallion books ROCKS, now there's a great horse series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
geeze the thoroughbed series have gotten soooooo bad the covers too! what happend they used to be so good. ya winning 2 triple crown races @ there age is not realistic but these books aren't true storys everyone knows their made up! oh and i hate how they compare Star to all these other famous race horses he's star not some other horse! and chris is so stuck up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why do people find it nessacery to bash the series on book reviews? It's a waste! I like the series. I think it's heading in a fine direction. I'm giving this book five stars because A.) i think that's what it will be and B.) to ruffle the feathers of all the jerks responsible for cluttering up the reviews with disses. DOn't like the series? Quit reading. More copies for us. Yes you heard me. If you don't like where the series is going, QUIT BUYING THE BOOKS. Common sense here people!! Why make yourself 'suffer' through reading the stories if you don't like them?? So in short, don't like it, don't buy it, and most of all, DON'T REVIEW IT. I like the series and I'm sure I will like this book. Booyah for me, booyah for you. Go Thoroughbred!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well,I never thought the throughbred books would ever get this bad......but they are. I mean,a 3 grader could get these books and could write them better.I guess for those readers who don't ride horses and don't know very much about them,these books could be midly interesting,but for those of us who actually work professionally with horses,the thoroughbred books are quite boring and highly unrealistic.Well,I think I've said all I need to say.Even those of you who actually find some entertainment with these unrealstic books can not possibly deny that the plots are getting old.Thankyou for reading my review,and I hope that you all will wake up and find how trival these books truly are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i cant wait for this book to come out i really loved the one before this
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok,how in the world are you possibly giving this book a 5 star rating??????????????The thoroughbred book have gone down hill at a very fast rate.I bought the last 2 books,Stars Inspriration and Taking The Reins,I didn't even finish them.I droped off at about the 6 chapter.Look,I live with my nose in a book.I just finished reading a 700 page novel.I know when a book is good,and when the writers are desperate.Take the last book for example.Have any of you noticed a pattern here?All the plots are about is to bratty teenage girls who can never be satisfied with anything.I also am a avid horse racing fan and I know that the chances of to tennage girls riding and winning 2 of the three triple crown races is highly unrealistic.Though admittedly the books have improved slightly since before the Derby,I still say they should hang the series up.All the books are about are these selfish girls living very unrealistic lives.I mean Chris isn't even close to her own parents.And this whole thing about wanting to be a vet??Whats with that?You don't make a book about whether or not to be a vet.Look, all I'm saying is that the books are being written very cheaply.And they could do with some nuch needed improving!!!!!!!!!!!!If you want to read a real horse series read the Phantom Stallion!!!