Eventing Series Book 1: Ambition


The thrilling intro to the bestselling Eventing Series.


The bestselling novel which launched a wildly popular series!

Jules Thornton didn’t come to Ocala to make friends. She came to make a name for herself. Young, determined, and tough as nails, she’s been swapping stable-work for saddle-time since she was a little kid – and it hasn’t always been a fun ride. Forever the struggling rider in a sport for the wealthy, all Jules has on her side is talent and ambition. She’s certain all she needs to succeed are good horses, but will the eventing world agree?

On her own at last, Jules is positive she’s poised to become eventing’s newest star, but soon finds she’s making more enemies than friends in the close-knit equestrian community. Little mistakes cost big — her students are losing faith in her; her owners are starting to pull their horses. And then there’s the small matter of Peter Morrison, the handsome, on-the-rise event rider who keeps showing up when she least expects him.

Jules is convinced that all she needs is good horses — not friends, not romance, not anyone’s nose in her business. But it’s just the beginning of the long, hot, Ocala summer, and as Jules tumbles through the highs and lows of a life with horses, she might find she’ll need help after all to weather the coming storm.

In the equestrian literary tradition of Jane Smiley (Horse Heaven) and Sara Gruen (Riding Lessons, Water for Elephants), Natalie Keller Reinert takes readers into the riding life as only a horsewoman can.

Reviews for Ambition from Amazon

“This is one of the most accurate horse books out there. The author so clearly knows horses and the eventing world, which is very refreshing. Even better, she can really write and creates interesting, well developed characters. She also is great at descriptions (the Ocala weather is almost its own character) and realistic dialogue.”

“Absolutely fell in love with Jules. She’s an amazing dedicated athlete, yet an outsider with a chip on her shoulder..she’s such a relatable, believable heroine. I loved her work ethic and attitude, and her flaws. the secondary and horse characters in this novel are amazing, as is the dialogue. It has an HEA that also leaves you begging for more, and accurately shows the eventing world as one of the toughest and most demanding equine sports. Jules has to fight for everything she’s gotten, and just doesn’t know when to give up fighting and let things be good, but she’s surrounded by people who care about her despite her imperfections. Really love this novel.”
“For those of us who live and love the world of horses, it is often difficult to find time to read a great story. This my friends is an excellent story that brought me to tears and then rejuvenated me with smiles. ‘Ambition’ is a word we can all appreciate in the world of horse riding and training and coaching. We need to be ambitious to achieve our goals and along the way we sometimes see our humanity slip away.”
“I loved this book. On TV or even in person, we see the international eventing competitors at the Olympics or Rolex or Burberry, but this book shows the hard work, drudgery and living-on-the-edge aspects that come long before the jumps. The Florida setting provides the big action sequence that dominates the final third of the book. Trust me – you’ll blast through the book then and won’t put it down.”
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