Bronze (The Glister Journals, Book 1)
by B B Shepherd
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Pub Date 02 Dec 2017 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2018
In many ways, Allison
Anderson is like most girls. In others, she's very different. The
differences aren't immediately obvious but have caused misunderstandings
and avoidance from others in the past. Starting high school in a new
town, she expects the same experiences—until she meets the Calderas.
David Caldera, charismatic son of a local rancher, adopts Allison into his social circle. He and other new friends introduce her to their world of horses and extreme sports. Along with a lost horse she befriends, they help her to trust, gain confidence, and venture beyond her previously isolated world. She also falls helplessly but hopefully in love.
Navigating through confusing emotions, over-protective parents, and jealous classmates is difficult, but Allison's overriding fear is losing the people she's grown to love. To prove her determination to keep up, she makes a dangerous decision that could cost her everything.
A Note From the Publisher
The story is well-written and sweetly told. Allison’s anxieties and insecurities are true-to-life, and so affectionately and clearly portrayed as to make anyone who’s ever been through adolescence wince in sympathy. Dave, Robin and Chris are complicated, intelligent, three-dimensional characters whom the reader enjoys getting to know, and all of the minor characters are vividly drawn and believably real...The author is adept at setting a scene, both external and internal, bringing Allison’s mind and world to vivid life...— Catherine Langrehr IndieReader
As high-school freshman Allison adjusts to a new home and school, she finds not one but two new loves: a beautiful boy and a golden horse, only one of whom will still be in her life come summer...Allison narrates a gentle coming-of-age story that has a strong equine subplot... There are undeveloped plot points—such as the nature of Allison’s relationship with her crush’s older brother and the idea that Allison has some sort of mystical connection or history with horses—that hint at future complications and will likely keep readers looking for the next entry.— Cindy Welch Booklist Online
Average rating from 11 members
Allison is a high-school freshman. She has moved with her parents to a small town. Life seems strange to her in this place. When Allison goes to school, she is afraid of being different and friendless. Allison does find friends, some that are approved by both her parents. Her dad doesn’t like the boys she is hanging out with. Will her dad change his mind. Meanwhile unknown to everyone, Allison has found a horse that appears to belong to anyone. She befriends it slowly. Keeping the horse a secret from her parents, she does tell the boys she hangs out with about the horse. When she brings them to the horse, he becomes upset. The boys leave, however one returns with hay for the horse as he is skinny. Finally, she tells her mom which upsets mom. Her mom tells her that she has been in a sense lying to her and her dad by not telling them. Allison admits to her mom that she knows dad doesn’t like horses and doesn’t want her around horses in any way. Will she be able to keep taking care of the horse until the rightful owner is found? Will she be able to get her dad to change his mind about horses? The novel is a lovely slow and long read. It is not an action story. It is about a teen finding out who she is, what she wants, etc. it is more an internal discovery of herself and learning the value of true friendship. Its subplot is the horse story. The characters in the book are very realistic — coming to life in the novel. It’s a great novel for the first volume as there are unanswered questions that will perhaps be address in the next volume of this series.