Lucy’s Chance follows the adventures of Lucy Rose, a sixteen-year-old girl who is working on a ranch away from home for the summer. Lucy quickly meets (and falls for) her young coworker Casey Parker, though another rider at the ranch makes it evident that Casey is her territory. When Lucy’s path crosses with a black gelding in need, she and Casey join forces to train the gelding, but they must soon turn their efforts towards fighting to keep the gelding safe.
This book reads wonderfully easily, and author Brittney Joy’s writing flows naturally. The dialogue is natural, the book itself highly descriptive and visual, and it all comes together to create a story that makes any horse lover long for the days when they were sixteen again.
Within the first two pages, Lucy’s character had already asserted her tone and was well-developed, an admirable feat. The chemistry between Lucy and Casey is palpable in the book’s latter chapters, and the horses are described with careful detail. Brittney clearly writes with the voice of an experienced rider – scenes depicting trail rides, roping, calf cutting, and all manner of equestrian events were accurate, detailed, and realistic.
While Lucy’s Chance will appeal to teens, I’m in my late twenties and still thoroughly enjoyed it. Combining horses, love, and the ranch atmosphere, the book is a light and fun read. I found myself reminiscing about my teenage years and what I was up to at sixteen, and I couldn’t help but laugh at the description of Lucy trying to do barn chores one-handed, as it’s something that I’ve been forced to try myself a few times too many.
In reviews you’re always supposed to present both the good and the bad, and I feel like I’m raving about this book, so I do need to mention that there are a few (and I mean few) little grammatical errors. However, they’re minor and infrequent (and I was an English major in college), so it’s entirely possible that most readers wouldn’t notice them.
All in all, Lucy’s Chance is a wonderful read.
Lucy’s Chance is available on Amazon (hint: the e-book is on sale for $.99 this week!), and be sure to visit Brittney Joy’s Facebook page.