The Steeplechase by Carrie Fancett Pagels

About the Book

Martha Osborne fears for her six-year-old brother, who was shuffled off to boarding school when his British mother departed to England. 

Set in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in the build-up to the War of 1812, expert rider Martha plans to substitute for her older brother in a “race to the steeple” to win the prize—and a bet with Phillip Paulson, equestrian trainer at Yorkview Academy, to help have her little brother returned home. When Phillip stumbles upon the real reasons behind the secret race he finds he may not be able to keep his end of the bargain. Can he save Martha and her brother? And will his heart be lost in the process? 
My Review

I absolutely loved this story of Martha and Phillip! My attention was grabbed from the very beginning and I found myself not wanting to put the story down! It was an easy read and the author did a wonderful job in keeping the language and writing within the time period of the story. 
Martha was my favorite character. I loved her braveness throughout this book. It was not too often back then that you saw a bold female such as her and I am glad the author chose to give her this personality. Her goal was always to do what she thought best for herself and her brother, even competing in a race that was typically for men! I loved that she always thought to check with God before she did things as I think it is important for a heroine to do that in a Christian novel. 
My only complaint was that the story ended too soon, although I understand that is what novellas are – short. I do hope to see Martha and Phillip in the future!!

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