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One Chance by Emily Gillmor Murphy

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 416 Pages.

Published: 23 October 2014 by Transworld Ireland

ISBN: 184827145X

EAN: 9781848271456

Liz O'Brien doesn't want to fall in love. All she has ever wanted is to be a professional show-jumper and now it's within her grasp. She'll do anything to succeed . . . even if that means keeping secrets from those around her.

Matt has no intention of falling in love, either. He has never known a thrill like show-jumping. Intense, exhilarating and fast-paced - for Matt, nothing beats the rush that comes with a win.

But then Matt and Liz are thrown together as rivals, and as desire begins to take over, tension grows between them. Both must fight against all odds for their dreams - and for each other.


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Possibly 3.5 stars

I really liked the cover of this book but I'm struggling to work out what exactly it refers to in the story !

This book is set in the world of showjumping in Ireland and it is obvious from the beginning that the author really knows her stuff. She brings to life for us the stresses and strains as well as the sounds and sights of that world, There are lots of telling small details and descriptions of how the characters feel which make a lot of sense and add texture to the writing. I haven't got a particular interest in horses but I felt interested and immersed in this world.

Where the book failed for me was in the plot. I actually looked up the book description on the Internet to see if it was intended to be a Young Adult book. The story deals with main characters who are in their late teens and their first love. It is very straightforward and has touches of melodrama. There is the rich girl who falls in love with the poor boy - the poor boy who gets a chance to shine against the odds - an evil father/trainer - the best friend with his own problems - a bit of blackmail - and you can probably work out the ending. There was really no depth to this which was a real shame when you compared it with the excellent way in which the background and location was conveyed. I think that it would be a fine novel for a young adult, especially one with an interest in this field, to read but it lacked complexity for an adult read as the characters were too simplified and the plot too hackneyed.

I enjoyed a lot of this book but there just wasn't enough substance to the plot and characterisation to make it memorable or rereadable. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

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