Ever read a book and you just know what’s going to happen? Yeah, me too. Thrown by Colette Auclair is like that. Alas, it was her first novel. Not terrible for a first one, but there’s room to grow. (This book was provided to me by the publisher at no cost to me through my partnership with Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own.)
From the publisher:
Professional trainer Amanda Vogel dreams of riding jumpers in the Olympics, but after seeing her best friend die in a riding accident, she’s so traumatized she can’t show. Broke and desperate, she takes a summer job in Aspen teaching some big-shot widowed movie star’s spoiled daughters to ride—even though she hates teaching kids. She braces herself for three miserable months. But by Labor Day, she has to choose between capturing a gold medal…and the man who has captured her heart.
You can see the rest of the Red Letter Reads Reviews here, but here’s my take on it.
Thrown was a mildly entertaining cookie cutter book. I’m not saying it was bad, but as a cookie cutter book it could have used some more frosting and sprinkles. Something to jazz it up a little.
Each of the “bonding” scenes felt forced and just stuck in for good measure. Although they were absolutely plausible in the story, I felt that they were shoehorned in to the plot.
There were some funny parts and a few semi-steamy ones. The characters were likable as well. It would be a good book to read in the car or on the sitting in the back yard in the sun. You could have one eye on the book and one eye on the kids and worry about neither.
I gave it a C. It was Auclair’s first novel, as I noted before. Not terrible for a first one, but there’s room to grow. I wasn’t thrown or surprised by much of the book and I think my Red Letter Reads summary says it all.
Would you read her next one?