Horseplay, by Judy Reene Singer
The Socialite Whisperer:
✅ Best Novel A Horseplay
Light hearted and amusing plus horse 🙂 – Lovely book – gentle story but very witty and well observed. The terriers are hilarious. One of the best horse/dressage books you’ve read in a while.
Oh. My. Novel. Judy Reene Singer’s Horseplay takes the cake. Or, really, the frosting. Of which I ate an entire can while reading the book. (Chocolate fudge. With a fork. Without even a smackerel of guilt.) Yes, the story is that ridiculously freeing and deliciously fun: don’t worry about the calories because you’ll laugh so hard, you’ll burn them all off, and by the end of the book, you won’t care anyway.
After her husband cheats on her for the third time, 33-year-old Judy Van Brunt decides to leave him and pursue the one thing she does still love: riding. She quits her job teaching and drives 600 miles to North Carolina to be a working student at a ritzy dressage barn, but she finds that, even there, she hasn’t outrun crazy. Her sister, “Saint Ruth of the Perfect Life,” badgers her to go back to her husband and medicate herself out of her marriage problems, while the barn’s neurotic trainer, the irritable barn manager, and the Queen of Snobby Dressage Riders client goad her to give up on horses. As Judy struggles to make a place for herself at the barn, a mystery unfolds at the property’s edge that entangles her, the local super-stud, a caped clinician who is more “socialite whisperer” than horse whisperer, and a pair of Jack Russells who might very well be the masterminds behind it all. And that’s only the beginning of the chaos.
Thankfully, Judy finds true, if wacky, new friends in the three women with whom she shares the apartment above the barn. Though the world downstairs may demand perfection – in their riding, in their looks, and in their lives – together, the four women ride passionately, eat fearlessly, and get themselves into – and out of – every kind of imaginable and impossible trouble. Singer’s zany characters and madcap plot are a carnival mirror reflection of the sometimes bizarre realities of competitive dressage, but Singer pushes them even further, exaggerating each caricature until you can’t help but see the truth: sweetly or maddeningly, sometimes life is just silly, and often it’s best to follow your heart and let yourself have fun.
Horseplay is the perfect book whenever you need a belly laugh, a dressage whip, and your very own can of frosting. Silverware is optional. Guilt is forbidden. And you can read the first three chapters for free on Amazon. Honestly, what more are you waiting for?
Have you finished – or did you already love – Horseplay? Then check out Judy Reene Singer’s latest novels, both of which include horse-people, horses, and an unusual new kind of four-legged friend: Still Life with Elephant and An Inconvenient Elephant.
✅ Best Novel An Inconvenient Elephant
Everything a good book needs – Without a doubt a very entertaining and worth while read; add the off beat comedy provided by Diamond Rose and you will laugh out loud. Thank you Ms. Singer.