Tag: coming-of-age

Starting Over

Trina Ryan’s challenging summer starts off with a puppy-fueled energy burst as she takes on another service dog for training—an eight-week-old black Labrador named Colton. And to help explore another dream, she’s taken a job at the barn next door in exchange for riding lessons with the barn’s schooling horse. It doesn’t take long for Trina to butt heads with Morgan Hart, an award-winning rider with a gorgeous thoroughbred named Knight—and a demanding, nasty demeanor with both people and her horse. Continue reading

The Anthropologist’s Daughter

How do you help someone who is grieving, when you are grieving yourself? After the death of her mother, ten-year-old Imogen Hearne's father hides his grief by burying himself in his work at the university, while her sister vents her anguish by acting up and running off with friends — leaving Immy to fend for herself. Continue reading

Seven Days to Goodbye

After Trina’s beloved dog dies, she swears she’ll never get another one. But then she learns about service dogs, and realizes that if she becomes a Puppy Raiser, she could train puppy after puppy and never worry about them dying. But like all great ideas, this one has a serious flaw: her first service puppy must be returned to his kennel at the end of their week-long summer vacation… and saying goodbye to Sydney is going to be much tougher than she ever imagined. Continue reading