Martha Osborne fears for her six-year-old brother, who was shuffled off to boarding school when his British mother departed to England.
Set in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in the build-up to the War of 1812, expert rider Martha plans to substitute for her older brother in a “race to the steeple” to win the prize—and a bet with Phillip Paulson, equestrian trainer at Yorkview Academy, to help have her little brother returned home. When Phillip stumbles upon the real reasons behind the secret race he finds he may not be able to keep his end of the bargain. Can he save Martha and her brother? And will his heart be lost in the process?
My ThoughtsI so enjoyed this book of Carrie Fancett Pagels. Her vivid descriptions of places and events can stir the imagination and make you feel as though you too were witnessing and living in the events of the books.
The 1810 time period shows a still somewhat fledgling young country and the events and feelings that still existed from a time recently passed when feelings of old wounds perhaps were not completely healed. How will this affect Martha Osbourne and a family whose father remarries an English woman who spends much of her time in England?
The Steeplechase has many twists and you will enjoy this book very much. The author is a very talented writer of historical fiction, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres.
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Disclosure: I received a PDF version of this book from the author for my honest review.