Christa loves horses, and the thought of the last few herds of wild mustangs in Nevada being rounded up and being taken into captivity breaks her heart. Christa is a typical teenager, at that awkward age, not quite adult, not quite child – uncomfortable with herself and at odds with her family. She tries, but she makes mistakes. In a terrible turn of events her best friend Lucky dies and Christa can’t forgive herself because she knows it’s her fault. Knowing that Lucky would want her to continue to ride, Christa begins to ride Jenner, given to her by her family for her 14th birthday.
Seemingly perfect, and purchased at a steal of a price, they soon discover the reason. While on a hunt for the fabled lost herd of Nevada, Jenner and Christa face serious danger. Though they locate the herd, the twists and turns in the story turn 14-year-old Christa into an advocate for wild mustangs, bring her and Jenner into life-threatening danger and cause the town to work together.
The story starts out at a gentle reading pace but picks up speed towards the climax as the suspense builds so that you won’t want to put the book down until you know what happens to the beautiful mustangs.
The authors have a wonderful way with words when it comes to describing these beautiful, majestic creatures and the thought that the Bureau of Land Management wanted to reduce these herds to zero brought tears to my eyes. Having never seen a herd of wild mustangs before myself, I can only imagine how amazing it must be. After having read this book, if I had the opportunity, I would definitely love to do so.
I thought the characters were fairly realistic. The squabbling between Christa and her sister seemed pretty normal for sisters. I was a little surprised however that while Christa’s parents were very concerned about Christa taking part in the rescue, they didn’t seem much concerned about Christa’s sister taking part even though they were riding together and their roles were equally dangerous. Neither did the parents of Christa’s friend seem concerned when she volunteered.
I loved that this story was based on a true story. Watching movies or reading books based on true stories always captures my imagination about what can truly be accomplished in real life. I always like to think that these types of stories are not far off from the actual events. I’m thrilled that the authors have provided links to further information about wild mustang rescues and other related information on their website and this review post.
Christa’s Luck was a wonderful, suspenseful read that will be enjoyed by animal lovers in general and horse lovers in particular especially in the teen age category. I would highly recommend it. I gave it 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
To see my complete review, visit Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/08/christas-luck-blog-tour-trailer-and.html