Join Up by Tudor Robins is an young adult, equestrian-romance, tale.
What is the story?
"I want to be loved, and understood. I want someone to make me laugh."
Lacey Struckland parents are in the process of getting a divorce. Her mum is living with her new boyfriend. Her horse, Salem, is recovering from an injury. She needs to find the money for university and her first ever kiss, Cade, has decided he prefers her friend, Carly, to her. Apart from that, life is perfect!
So when the opportunity comes for Lacey to earn some much sought after money teaching at a prestigious riding camp, she jumps at the opportunity.
At the camp she hopes to gain some new friends as well as earning some money. But she had never thought she would meet someone like Fitch - he is funny, thoughtful and oh...so easy to fall for. She must remember, at all times, that he is the bosses' son. And, he has a bit of a reputation when it comes to girls.
What I thought of the book.
What a beautiful, riveting page-turner, about loss, first love and horses!
I really liked Lacey, she is full of integrity and is a genuinely nice person. I think she is fantastic role model, not only for the children who are under her charge in the story, but also for the reader as well. She works for what she wants - she wants to go to university and is determined to make enough money to fulfil her dreams. She is incredibly compassionate, to her friends and family, always trying to do right by them, even if it detrimental to her own happiness. But at the same time she is quick of wit and gives Fitch a run for his money - he has never met anyone quite like her before. Although comparing her to his eldest brother was probably not the smoothest of moves.
There is plenty here to keep a horse mad teenager engaged. Lacey reminded me a little of Amy from the Heartland series, she has the same gentle approach to how she works with the horses in her care. She asks, she never demands. The children in her care, just like the horses, adore her.
Robin vividly describes the scenery without getting lost in the detail. She has created a very believable story and I can see how appealing this book would be to young adults. If you have a pony mad teen in your house, then this book would make a fantastic gift.
About the AuthorHer degrees in English Literature and Journalism have shaped Tudor’s writing philosophy and style, and her work as a freelance magazine and newspaper writer established her commitment to accuracy and deadlines.
Sharing her experience and love of writing with others is something Tudor enjoys, and she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to do so through the continuing education workshops she offers for the Ottawa Catholic School Board and other writing organizations. She has also developed and delivered a creative writing workshop for junior and intermediate students.
Tudor lives in Ottawa with her husband and two sons. They spend much of their summers on Wolfe Island, Ontario.