Blue Ribbon Trail Ride is the 4th book of the Horses and Friends Series by Miralee Ferrell. This is a children’s book series. If you have a young girl that loves horses this would be a good series to get.
You could just read #4 and have a good story, but it was nice to know the background of the characters from the other 3. The Blue Ribbon Trail Ride has some happy and sad times, as well as some good life and spiritual lessons.
The books are all written from the heroine’s perspective. Kate, the heroine, seems like a pretty typical girl that is horse crazy. She is dealing with horse riding lessons, chores, friends, peer pressure, obedience, and respect. She has 3 main friends that represent different opinions and ideas. In each book she seems to make some good and bad decisions. The bad decisions are how we learn, right?
One of the important supporting characters is Kate’s younger brother. Pete is autistic and the author writes about the heroine’s feelings towards him. Of course, her parents play a part in each book; although most of the time they seem like they are there to tell Kate no. It’s interesting that there is a mention of cell phones because 1 girl has one, but there is no mention of tablets or video games.
They sent me all 4 books for this review so the stories are fresh in my mind. Number 3 is my favorite, and this one [number 4] is my second favorite. When I read the first one, I thought it was ok for a children’s book. After the second one I was wishing I didn’t have to read the others due to the attitude of the main character. I kept reading and was glad I did because I enjoyed the third one. The fourth one is probably the best as far as content goes. The last 2 are reminiscent of a young Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden with consistent horse content. I think the addition of the mysteries made them more interesting.
Here is some backcover copy:
Thirteen-year old Kate and her friends came up with the perfect way to raise money for her autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt! As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her mom’s antique jewelry box.
But when the box and the money disappear, Kate and her friends must unravel the clues, hold on to hope, and solve the mystery along the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by David C Cook. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.