The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes Book Review
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The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes Book Review

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes Book Review

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes Book Review

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.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes Book Review

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. If you’re Really Into Jojo, you’ll likely be Into Sophie Kinsella too.

Special thanks to Jojo Moyes, Penguin & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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About the Author: Jojo Moyes

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Jojo Moyes | Photo by Stine Heilmann

Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed. Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.

For more information about all of Jojo’s novels, please visit the books page here. Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.


  • Donna

    I am happy you enjoyed this book 🙂 I don’t know why but the Moyes magic doesn’t work on me! I did not like Me Before You or its sequel, the writing did nothing to me, making me believe I was a monster, haha! Nice review!

    • Sarah Slusher

      You are totally not a monster- Jojo is not for everyone. 🙂 The main book I love is the Girl You Left Behind- it’s more historical fiction & I really loved it. After You was a blah follow-up to Me Before You.

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