It's been a summer of changes for July Carter, who has left the high stakes racing season at Saratoga with not only a young filly to call her own, but also an unexpected boyfriend. Change, it appears, is good.
But as the thoroughbreds return to Belmont Park for fall races, July is caught up in all of those summer changes. With Kali struggling at her new barn, college applications to write, and her relationship with Beck frustratingly undefined, July doesn't know what to tackle first. On top of it all, her mother is back in New York to ride Lighter, the barn's most promising - if completely crazy - colt, stirring up trouble in the shedrow, which now sits mostly empty.
When Lighter goes lame during a workout, July simmers over. And when Beck decides that she might be too much for him, July finds herself staring down another change. This time, it's unwelcome. This time, her heart is on the line.
Fans of Stay the Distance will be eager to return to July's story of family relationships, new love, and the exciting world of thoroughbred racing.
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All Heart is young adult equestrian fiction at it's finest. It has the romance and drama of popular young adult contemporary stories all seamlessly set in the world of horse racing. For that reason, I think it would appeal to a very wide range of people. Horse people will appreciate the horse side of things, and young adult romance fans will enjoy the romance and family drama.
She makes July real. July has been relatable since I first read Stay the Distance and continued to be so when I listened to it on audio and then when I first read All Heart. But here she came alive. She was both more understandable and more frustrating than she had been before.
Elizabeth Phillips did an excellent job with this! She has a pleasant voice to listen to and I really appreciated that the voices for the characters were distinct enough that you could catch a character shift without being jarring. Which is often an issue for me with audio. Very happy with this performance.
I was provided a copy of this by the author upon request through Audiobook Boom. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
A story of horses, racing, family, love, and growing up