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Horseplay

por Judy Reene Singer

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Patty got up to peer into the refrigerator. “Honey, don’t look so guilty,” she said. “Men are like horses. If they’re even-tempered and sweet, you stay on for the ride. If they buck and run around, you get off before you get hurt.” She slammed the refrigerator door. “Damn, we’re out of cake.” --from Horseplay: A Novel A debut novel full of sparkle and wit, Horseplay is a story of the animals that touch our hearts… and the men who try our souls. When Judy Van Brunt finally decides to leave her cheating husband, she makes immediate plans to quit her teaching job, take the money she inherited from her mother, and run off, leaving a note on her husband's pillow. There is only one problem: Where is she going? During her weekly riding lesson, her instructor makes a suggestion just crazy enough to work—and before she knows it, Judy has a position as a groom at an exclusive North Carolina horse farm. There, she shares an apartment with three remarkable women who also work at the farm, and she puts in long hours caring for the horses in addition to learning the demanding sport of dressage from the farm’s owner, a former Olympic champion. Exhausted but fulfilled, she learns for herself that a horse in the barn is worth far more than a husband at home. Her housemates gladly supplement her education with lessons not found in the riding ring, such as how to avoid the farm’s snootier patrons and weed out unsavory suitors. Her devotion to horses is far more rewarding than her marriage ever was—after all, horses never lie or cheat, and even the most hot-blooded stallion won't kick her when she's down. Nevertheless, her new life doesn't keep her away from men entirely. She finds her early vow of chastity and cheeseburgers weakening as she is drawn to one especially eligible bachelor. But after a few escapades with studs of the two-legged variety, is she really ready to be with someone? Set against the alternately glamorous and grimy world of competitive horse shows, Horseplay is a jubilant ride.… (mais)
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I read An Inconvenient Elephant by Judy Reene Singer in 2010 and loved her little quips. I picked up Horseplay because she wrote it and I like reading stories where people ride horses so I can relive my childhood through literature.

In this story Judy Van Brunt leaves her cheating husband and moves to a horse farm in North Carolina where she has secured a job as a groom. **SPOILER ALERT** She rides horses, makes new friends, and solves a mystery. By the end of the story she even has a new man. Isn't life easy?

The author made me laugh out loud every once in awhile, and it's quotes like these that make the plot predictability worthwhile:

Men are like horses. If they're even-tempered and sweet, you stay on for the ride. If they buck around, you get off before you get hurt.

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Normally, I would trust a new horse on trails about as much as I would trust myself in a Godiva chocolate shop.

Chick lit takes up less and less of my reading time as the years progress, but it's nice to revisit every once in awhile. ( )
  PaperbackPirate | Oct 24, 2012 |
Judy is just trying to get a new life with horses away from her husband. She has everything to lose, but she gains a ton in this horsey tale. I thought this was a really fun book to read. ( )
  ElCa0720 | Jan 31, 2011 |
Just what you expect ( )
  velocivore | Jan 19, 2010 |
A masters degree and a job teaching high school English isn't doing much for Judy Van Brunt. But what puts her over the top is her husband's wandering eyes... and hands... and pretty much the rest of him. Fed up, she throws in the towel on teaching and heads for greener pastures. The pastures in question belong to a North Carolina horse farm run by German dressage trainer Kat and her two Jack Russell terrors - sorry, terriers - and inhabited by an odd and interesting assortment of horses, grooms and stable help, Swedish and otherwise.

Judy's introduction to the eccentric realm of world class riding and the ubiquitous "What level do you ride?" question, as well as her misadventures on the farm - both romantic and otherwise - are a riot. This is Janet Evanovich, with less hairspray and exploding cars, and more horses. Lots of fluffy fun for any rainy day afternoon. I don't know that there's a sequel planned, but I wouldn't mind reading one. ( )
  SunnySD | Dec 17, 2008 |
A "hen lit" book. The main character has just divorced and is out to find a new life. She ends up working on the "farm" of a former Olympian along with other horse loving middle aged women. There is of course a man or two, an adventure or two, and more laughs than I could count! ( )
  clue | Dec 15, 2007 |
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Patty got up to peer into the refrigerator. “Honey, don’t look so guilty,” she said. “Men are like horses. If they’re even-tempered and sweet, you stay on for the ride. If they buck and run around, you get off before you get hurt.” She slammed the refrigerator door. “Damn, we’re out of cake.” --from Horseplay: A Novel A debut novel full of sparkle and wit, Horseplay is a story of the animals that touch our hearts… and the men who try our souls. When Judy Van Brunt finally decides to leave her cheating husband, she makes immediate plans to quit her teaching job, take the money she inherited from her mother, and run off, leaving a note on her husband's pillow. There is only one problem: Where is she going? During her weekly riding lesson, her instructor makes a suggestion just crazy enough to work—and before she knows it, Judy has a position as a groom at an exclusive North Carolina horse farm. There, she shares an apartment with three remarkable women who also work at the farm, and she puts in long hours caring for the horses in addition to learning the demanding sport of dressage from the farm’s owner, a former Olympic champion. Exhausted but fulfilled, she learns for herself that a horse in the barn is worth far more than a husband at home. Her housemates gladly supplement her education with lessons not found in the riding ring, such as how to avoid the farm’s snootier patrons and weed out unsavory suitors. Her devotion to horses is far more rewarding than her marriage ever was—after all, horses never lie or cheat, and even the most hot-blooded stallion won't kick her when she's down. Nevertheless, her new life doesn't keep her away from men entirely. She finds her early vow of chastity and cheeseburgers weakening as she is drawn to one especially eligible bachelor. But after a few escapades with studs of the two-legged variety, is she really ready to be with someone? Set against the alternately glamorous and grimy world of competitive horse shows, Horseplay is a jubilant ride.

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