The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon

  • by Linda Ballou
  • Narrated by Scott Glennon
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gemcie and her Irish Hunter, Marshal, are about to capture the World Cup when a nasty fall dashes their chances. While she is mending, her arch rival seizes this opportunity to catch a ride on Marshal, and to seduce her young husband. Confused and dazed by her new circumstances, Gemcie heads for the high Sierras hoping the majestic spires that captured the heart of the father she never met will provide the answers she seeks.
She finds strength and solace riding solo on the John Muir Trail, but a bear attack ends her time of introspection and places her in the care of a solitary cowboy manning a fire lookout. Brady shows her love and gives her the courage to get back in the saddle. Haunted by images of Marshal being abused by his owners, Gemcie returns to rescue him and fly high with him once more.
Ballou's prose gallops ahead at breakneck speed as she takes you along on this wild ride.


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I Enjoyed This, And I'm Picky

As an author myself, I feel bad leaving less than stellar reviews. But while I enjoyed this, I can't rave about it. Then again, I'm very picky.

What I didn't like:

The narrator mispronounced some words. Not place names, just somewhat unusual dictionary words. Also his emphasis sounded off at first, but after he settled in he was pleasant to listen to.

The story had a couple elements that strained credulity, such as a deus ex machina check that arrives in the mail. Granted, the title was inspired by a children's rhyme, but most of the story is based in reality. Also the story's pacing could be slow at times.

Horror of horrors, there are scenes with no horses! That's because this is Gemcie's story. I realize this is not a fair criticism, but I did find myself wanting even more horse content.

What I did like:

The horse scenes, of course! Finally a novel involving horses that's not about racing! I most enjoyed the trail ride parts.

Vivid descriptions of nature and wildlife. The listener gets a vacation in the mountains.

Brady's job was interesting. I liked Brady in general, till the contrived spat near the end

Humorous bits

(I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.)
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- Elyse Becker


After an equestrian accident, Gemcie has a long recovery ahead of her, both physically and mentally, along with the betrayal of her husband. Though she recovers physically and come to turns with her husband's betrayal but mentally...her fear of riding in competition has not.
Finally, learning the truth of her she never met..she heads to the mountains her father rode off to and loved in hopes of healing emotionally. It was then, she met Brady, who came to her rescue of a wild bear. It was through him and with him she comes to turns with many things in her life. Will she be able to ride in competition again or not?

This is a great story of struggle and survival, the author did a great job keeping you involved. The narrator, Scott Glennon, did a fabulous job narrating this story, I enjoyed how easy he switched from one character to the next, giving them a life of their own,
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- Ginny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2017
  • Publisher: Winddancer Press