Touch of Gold
|February 28, 2018||Posted by admin under Animals, Juvenile Fiction, Young Readers|
Publication date: September 2015
Reviewed posted on: February 28, 2018
When Jamie and her mom move to River Bend in rural Nova Scotia, she feels lonely and out of place. Riding her bike one day she meets a neglected-looking horse in a field and so begins a sweet friendship that becomes something neither could have imagined. Touch of Gold is a sweet, classic story about how Jamie befriends this horse (she fondly calls Peach) and helps restore the horse to its former glory. And, in doing so, she finds an inner strength she never knew she had. Jaime appears wise beyond her years and follows a strong moral and empathetic compass. I liked her character immediately and found myself cheering her on from the sidelines throughout her journey.
This story has its share of triumphs and tragedies. Life as a young teen in a new town is not easy, and Jamie is not immune to the typical adolescent and young teen struggles (i.e. jealousy, insecurities, friendship problems, and family dynamics). But this story is a realistic one and it speaks to perseverance, survival, and adaptation. And there is also an educational element as well, particularly as it relates to competitive horse back riding (I think most will enjoy learning a little about this equestrian world at the fictional Tamarack Stables).
Descriptively written, readers will definitely be able to visualize the settings used throughout the book. And Gorham does a really nice job weaving the story, developing the characters, and adding a few morals within the covers. Touch of Gold celebrates young love, animal companionship, and taking chances, and horse lovers, animal lovers and young readers will treasure this golden gem.
For more information about this book or to learn how to get a copy, visit the publisher’s website here.