The relationship between a human being and a horse rarely just happens, it takes time The owner needs to spend time feeding, grooming, talking and riding her horse Equine research shows talking to your horse often in a conversational tone is most important Studies have been done, showing horses have remained calm in traumatic situations because their owner remained calm and spoke in a peaceful voice.Anne Clermont introduces us to the very unique and beautiful world of horses in her debut novel, LEARNING TO FALL SparkPress She takes us into the highly specialized world of hunter jumper horse training, a spectacular equestrian sport that relies on the strength and technique of the trainer and rider.Brynn Seymour has grown up on Redwood Grove Stables, thirty acres of picturesque hills and valleys forty five minutes north of San Francisco She has completed nearly four years of veterinary school, and wants to become a doctor, but her father s dream is for her to take over the family business She works at the barn and assists her father and his workers on the hunter jumper circuit when not in school.With only months left to graduation, tragedy strikes on the way to a show leaving her father dead and Brynn feeling responsible Brynn and her mother meet with the family accountant and learn they are broke, that her father has taken out multiple mortgages and they re close to losing Redwood Grove Stables.After the initial shock, Brynn s picks herself up and designs a plan she thinks could save the family business, but she s going to have to let go of control and rely on others who know than she does Brynn s going to have to trust people who want to help her and she s going to have to completely change Enter Jason Lander, two time, prestigious, Million Dollar Gold Cup winner, who if anyone can help her win the million dollar cup, Jason can That s if her feelings don t get in the way.Anne Clermont writes in a lyrical style that has you feeling as if, while reading you re riding across the hills and valleys You can feel the wind going through your hair and know in your heart that Anne Clermont knows and loves the horses and the land she writes about When a scene is happening in the stable, you are right there smelling the hay, manure and leather saddles I look forward to a follow up.For all things ANNE, check her out on FB, twitter anneclermont or at her website www.anneclermont.com Plan on spending some time at her website She offers a lot of useful information for writers.Thanks to SparkPress for providing a copy of LEARNING TO FALL for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading LEARNING TO FALL by new author Anne Clermont This book has it all tears, joy, tension, well developed characters some of them I want to read even about , quality dialogue it was an all around beautiful story that kept me turning pages all the way to the very end And the end did not disappoint I highly recommend this book, whether you are horse lover or not Most horse stories are written for young adults, but this one has adult themes and conflicts The protagonist follows the hero s journey touching bottom before rising from the ashes of despair from what are seemingly unsurmountable odds Clermont rises to her own challenge of telling the story first person which restricts the author to keeping that voice in every scene Each chapter pulls us forward to the next and she maintains dramatic tension throughout the book There were places in the narrative where I think she missed some great opportunities to generate greater conflict by telling rather than showing me the frustrations of a given character Especially, the depiction of the mother in this story could have been stronger The author s knowledge of the horse world is deep and authentic, however, I wish she had captured the adrenaline rush of the jumping world a bit earlier in the story Being the author of The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon I know the difficulties the author faced in writing this story I am very impressed I liked the fact that her female protagonist had on her mind than catching a ride with a cute cowboy and that she grew to be a stronger individual in her journey Anne Clermont s LEARNING TO FALL is a heart in the throat tale of seeking one s destiny Brynn Seymour, a show jumping rider, is thrust into impossibly challenging circumstances, struggling to make the right choices and put to rest the family tragedy that alternately paralyzes and pushes her beyond her limits.Great novels about horses are few and far between, and LEARNING TO FALL, with its insights into the cutthroat, dangerous and glamorous world of show jumping, fits neatly into ones that stick with you, like Nicholas Evans s THE HORSE WHISPERER, Sara Gruen s RIDING LESSONS, and Elizabeth Letts s EIGHTY DOLLAR CHAMPION LEARNING TO FALL captures the world of show jumping the poetry and pageantry, the heartbreak of defeat, and the heart soaring joy of triumph Not to mention the oversized egos and off the charts dreamers The scents of soap and saddle leather and the tack room permeate each page Clermont has clearly lived the life she writes about, and each page sizzles with dramatic authenticity I found myself eagerly devouring every delicious detail.Anne Clermont s LEARNING TO FALL is the rare debut novel that s poised to capture generations of readers Highly recommended.
A great escape This book was so much fun Clermont was able to get her readers to feel as if they too had been practicing their two point and flew over the jumps with Jet and Byrnn All Barn rats, dressage queens, eventing junkies, and adorable hunter girls need this book. An equestrian tale well told by an author who knows her horses My riding discipline is Western, so I really loved the glimpse into the world of Grand Prix show jumping. .READ BOOK ☪ Learning to Fall ♅ Brynn Honors Her Passion For Horses By Studying At The Toughest Veterinary Program In The Country Months From Graduating, Tragedy Strikes Tragedy For Which She Can T Help But Feel Responsible Brynn Feels Suffocated By The Weight Of Her Father S Legacy And His Dusty Hopes For Horse Show Jumping Success When Brynn S Frenetic Efforts To Dig The Family Business Out Of Debt Fail, She S Down To One Desperate HopeEnter Jason Lander, Who Understands What It S Like To Walk Away From The Ring The Onetime Champion Agrees To Train Brynn, And Her Horse Jett, For An All Or Nothing Run At The Prestigious Million Dollar Gold Cup But Going All The Way Means Doing It His Way, Which Has Brynn Questioning Her Decisions, Her Loyalties, And Her Growing Feelings For Jason Complicating Her Relationship With Her LoverSet In Northern California Against A Stunning Backdrop Of Coastal Hills And Valleys, Learning To Fall Is About Discovering How To Let Go And How To Hang On With Your HeartFans Of Seabiscuit And The Horse Whisperer Will Love This Beautifully Written Debut One They Re Bound To Add To Their Shelf Of Favorites Great Read, Great PriceBought because it s about horses and it was very inexpensive Once I started reading, I just couldn t put it down For anyone who loves horses. What will be familiar in many ways to anyone with experience of the competitive world of horse showing, Clermont opens the doors and provides an honest if not always pretty window into the world cutthroat and full of joys and struggles large and small Wanting to live a stable life, not depending on the vagaries of wins and losses, Brynn has dedicated her time to her studies in veterinary school But, an accident and years of financial juggling left her family in deep debt, with few options for resolution, and Brynn is the key to the options With a bit of help from another successful horseman, Brynn has both the key and the opportunity to help with the family s troubles, but she has to make the choice Years of the highs and lows of her father s career have her wondering if she is just the person to survive it all, especially with the added pressures and need to succeed Clermont is obviously writing with full knowledge of the unique people that are in the show world from the good to the not so The simple displays of wealth and the focus on the presentation and performance, the single minded focus needed to complete a course successfully, and the hours of behind the scenes time and work that makes the 90 seconds in the ring look effortless When added to the inner struggles that Brynn experiences this story is gripping and compelling, with plenty of moments to enjoy While this won t discourage or encourage anyone from setting their cap on the Grand Prix ring, it does present a sense of the struggles, expense and single minded determination needed to start on the journey As someone who showed horses for years, and experienced much of the camaraderie and cutthroat actions from competitors, as well as that specific bond that develops between horse and rider, I can t help but find this book engaging With a nice mix of finding herself while developing a new adult identity, Clermont has created a story that is sure to find many fans I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility This review was originally posted on I am, Indeed Learning To Fall was a pleasant surprise so frequently equine fiction especially from first time authors is sub par, and this was a good read Main character Brynne Seymour is in her last year of vet school and recovering emotionally from the loss of her father in an accident when she finds out that he left tons of debt and their horse training facility about to be foreclosed on Of course she decides to save the property by taking over the training business and getting the property out of debt When this doesn t turn out to work as well as she d hoped, she decides her only choice is to compete in, and WIN, the Spruce Meadows Million Dollar Gold Cup.First the good The horse parts are very well done The author is a horse professional so this is not a surprise The description of the horse trailer accident was particularly horrific bringing to mind the accident scene from The Horse Whisperer As a horse owner, it was a very scary intense scene and I literally had to put the book down and read another book at that point before I continued, in order to relieve the anxiety The horse show scenes are true to life the barns, the grooms, the gossip and catfights, ponies bucking kids off, competitive moms, trainers wooing other trainers clients, etc The entire book was very readable and held my attention throughout and the story was entertaining.Now the bad The plot was very similar to Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen daughter returns to parents barn after loss of father, tries to take over training business to help because finances are shaky, has wealthy boarder training client with multiple horses leave with no notice The hints and foreshadowing in the book made upcoming events obvious to me, but apparently not to main character Brynne, who is shocked when her clients leave, shocked when the Enemy Trainer steals clients, shocked when her cheating lying boyfriend cheats and lies to her Brynn, pay attention, sheesh Most of the characters were rather one dimensional, and the ones who were developed still seemed to act in ways that didn t always make sense Corinne setting things up for Brynn to ride Seraphim comes to mind.Overall though, I really enjoyed the book I was able to get lost in the story, it was exciting and suspenseful, and the equine parts were exceptionally well done