Title: Horse Crazy
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 32 pgs
Melody and her teenage daughter, Kristen, have moved to Colorado for a fresh start. She’s still not 100% where she wants to be in terms of her body yet but she is finally comfortable with herself and is living completely as a woman for the first time in her life. To thank Kristen for being so wonderful she promises her daughter riding lessons, something her little girl has always dreamed of.
While waiting for the lesson to start, she’s happy to see her daughter amidst the horses that she loves so much, but Melody does not expect the handsome man who sits down next to her—a man who proves to be Kristen’s instructor and idol, to be interested in taking Melody out on a date…
I admit I was confused about a number of things in the story. Kristin seemed far younger than 15, and I also had difficulty understanding Melody’s age. I was puzzled by calling her car purchase a “midlife crisis,” since she couldn’t have been older than 34. I was also a bit confused by the timeline, since Melody claimed to only just be going out as a woman, yet she’s already had gender reassignment surgery–and it appeared to have been a very short time since her divorce. The end seemed a bit forced as well.
That aside, it was still a sweet story, and I would have enjoyed learning more about the characters.
Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance and their dog. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.