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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Lady Joe by Mark Saha is a humorous tale of a desperate man. When Lee Estes loses a prized blue roan named Lady Joe, he had no idea what amount of trouble he will be in. The buyer for Lady Joe wants his horse in a perfect condition to show it off to his peers. When the buyer demands his horse, Lee has to find a substandard horse to pose as Lady Joe. All was well until the buyer wanted Lee to enter the fake Lady Joe in a competition. Now Lee has to find a quality blue roan for the competition or else he may lose everything he has worked for. Lucky for him, his old flame and his friend's wife has a horse that can be used. But for that, he would need his old friend's help. What happens next is a mixture of humor, desperation and a whole lot of fun for the reader.
The novel gave me some mixed feelings, but in a good way. Mark Saha’s writing reminded me of Mark Twain; it is actually ironic how they share the same first names. The story itself was written beautifully. I loved the fact that Lee did not try to give any explanation, he just went on his way to make the situation better. I also liked the way Saha portrayed his characters. They were cool, well developed and fitting their descriptions. The way he wrote his dialogues was also very refreshing. If you told me to tell who said what, I could tell that because every character had a distinct way of speaking. All in all, a complete novel that makes you laugh out loud.