Believing In Horses Out West


Young Adult - Coming of Age
170 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2022
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Author Biography

Valerie Ormond retired as a Navy Captain after a 25-year career as a Naval intelligence officer and began her second career as a writer. Valerie’s first two novels, Believing In Horses, and Believing In Horses, Too, won eight national and international awards including Gold Medals in the Military Writers Society of America book awards. Her most recent novel, Believing In Horses Out West, won first place in the National Federation of Press Women’s national 2022 Communications Contest, second place in the 2022 BookFest™ Awards, was a finalist in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and is currently a finalist in the 2022 Military Writers Society of America book awards program.
The main character in Valerie’s book series is the daughter of a Naval officer, and she highlights military family experiences for readers. Believing In Horses Out West brings the author’s personal memories to a travel adventure on a dude ranch. Her fiction and non-fiction stories and poems have been published in books, and her articles have appeared internationally in magazines, newspapers, and blogs. For more information, please see www.believinginhorses.com and www.valerieormond.com.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

Believing In Horses Out West is the third novel by Valerie Ormond featuring “horse crazy” teenager Sadie Navarro. Now 14 and living in Maryland, Sadie is the proud owner of a beautiful show horse and is active in horse rescue programs but worries that Sunny, a Palomino mare adopted by a dude ranch in Montana, isn’t in a good home. Her parents, brother, and grandmother agree to go on vacation there. Sadie is initially impressed with the ranch and its staff, including a 16-year-old hired hand named Justin, but suspicious happenings with his boss Luke begin to bother her. With her adventurous grandmother in tow, Sadie investigates only to find that danger threatens them and Sunny. Will they escape, and is Justin part of it?

In Believing In Horses Out West, Valerie Ormond gives us an engaging young adult novel that blends a love for horses and family into a coming-of-age adventure story lightly sprinkled with romance. Sadie is both accomplished and uncertain, often second-guessing her own instincts. Her military family is a source of strength, yet she often hesitates to confide in them. Her attraction to Justin and his shared love for horses is sincere, yet she comes to doubt him. The narrative is well-written and suitably paced for the young adult reader. Sadie’s courage and toughmindedness unfold as each chapter reveals her inner struggles and the developing relationships she shares with her family, horses, and friends. A great read for any teenager, boy or girl, horse lover or not.