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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Demise of the Horse Fairy by Laurie Loveman brings us to the summer of 1935 where 13 starving horses and ponies and one fat pony and a goat are left in Woodhill, Ohio. Thankfully, the town of Woodhill wants to help the abused and neglected horses by supporting horse owner Laura Darvey and newly arrived Ramona Hernandez. It is, however, the horse fairy, a mean-hearted racketeer, who brought the starving horses to Woodhill. He wants to see them pass on a deadly sickness to Laura’s own horses in his twisted scheme of revenge against her and Jake McCann, the fire chief of the town.
I discovered this book is number four in the Firehouse Family series and luckily it is a stand-alone read. That said, I am going to go back and read the other books so I get a broader view of the characters. This is a very well written book and has a multi-layered plot. I admire Laura for taking in the horses; it is something that I as a horse lover would have done. As for the horse fairy himself, well, I wanted to clock him over the head and throw him in a cell, but to me that is also the sign of a good book where you feel emotions and connections with the characters. Laurie Loveman has created a great book here with rich content that flows well. I would recommend it for a summer read. Anyone who likes animals and suspense will likely be as enthralled as I was.