Susan K. Marlow is one of my kids favorite authors. We have reviewed several of her books, have purchased others, and Alaina has even made a lapbook using one of her books. Her newest book The Last Ride is just as good as the rest of her books if not better. My entire family loved it.
In The Last Ride Andrea Carter is turning 16 and finishing up school. Her sister is planning a wedding and her brother's wife just had a baby. Andi can't wait for school to be over. She will finally be able to work full time on the Circle C Ranch and have more time to work with Taffy's colt. Everything seems to be going great for Andi until her cousin Daniel comes from New York to stay on the ranch. Daniel's character is very lacking and Andi tries to persuade him into making the right choices. Daniel doesn't listen and Andi finds out some secrets he is hiding. After Daniel's behavior causes Andi heartache she hardens her heart toward everyone.
I read this book out loud to my family during our read aloud time. It was hard to keep my girls from reading ahead, even my husband wanted me to keep reading longer every night. I was almost finished with the book and Mike knew he would be working the next evening when I would finish the book, so he had to finish it that night before he went to bed. We love reading stories of Andi's life as she grows up. There is plenty of excitement, adventure, and forgiveness. The more books we read from Susan K. Marlow the more we love her stories. It helps that my girls love horses, but they also feel like they personally know the characters.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Last Ride as part of a Kregel Blog Tour. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.