The lowdown from Goodreads
Release date: Apr 11, 2017 & originally published in 2009
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.
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.