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by Michele Scott | Read by Amy McFadden

Amy McFadden’s superb narration propels the listener into the high- stakes world of professional horseback-riding competition. Vivienne Taylor, the 17-year-old daughter of a horse veterinarian, is an equine empath who dreams of an opportunity to ride in the Olympics. When she receives a scholarship to the elite Fairmont Riding Academy in L.A., she finds she can communicate with all the horses except Harmony, the one assigned to her, who remains silent. Vivienne’s research into Harmony’s strange silence uncovers secrets others would do anything to keep buried. McFadden’s diversity of snooty accents for the school’s wealthy students is impressive. Her depiction of the close bond between Vivienne and the horses is perfectly paced. This emotionally charged production will touch listeners’ hearts. M.F.T. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine