Book Review: The Horse Dancer – Jojo Moyes

Updated: Feb 21

Last night I stayed up late (11:30) to finish the book I was reading. At the time it felt like a good idea, but this morning as I hit snooze at 06:00 I regretted it slightly. We set off early to head to a different part of the island and were treated to snowy peaks (rare on the west coast) and blue skies (almost unheard of) as we wound through the mountain pass. We ran into a delay, so we’ve pitched up in a café overlooking Nanaimo Bay. I should probably do a little bit of work in a bit, but first I have a book to review.

Plot: A young teenager growing up in inner-city London finds herself in an uncomfortable situation when her Grandpa has a stroke and she is unable to pay rent for her horse.


Review: I loved this book! There were a few story lines that quickly converged, one of which was that of a 14-year-old girl and her devotion to her horse and classical riding. Towards the end of the book, I found myself angry when it looks like things weren’t going the way I hopes, but thankfully Jojo Moyes didn’t disappoint. I related so strongly to this girl, who could have easily taken the wrong path had her life not been shaped by the love of her horse.


Buy/Borrow: This book was published in 2010, so it’s probably in a fair few charity shops by now. If not, you can get a second-hand copy at AbeBooks.

Mr Finn - one of the many horses who shaped my life.

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