The Captain’s Log – iron shoes (J. Kathleen Cheney)

Ahoy there me mateys! It’s been the kinda times where me readin’ has to be done in fits and spurts.  So I decided to read this collection of stories in me spare moments.  First this cover caught me eye:

Then the blurb drew me in hook, line, and sinker.  For those new to me crew, before the sea called me name, I loved horses and horse stories.  Still have a soft spot in me salty heart fer ’em.  Not only do these stories have horses but they also have magic, legendary creatures, historical settings, and feisty female characters.  They all take place in and around Saratoga Springs in New York at the turn of the 20th century. The stories are interconnected and should, in me mind, be read in the order presented in this collection.  Plus the first story was Nebula Award Finalist in 2010 fer Best Novella.  Starts with a bang.

The first story was me favorite of the three.   Imogen lives at Hawk’s Folly Farm which she has inherited from her husband. She is in danger of losing the property unless her horse can win the Stakes.  Imogen has always had someone telling her how to behave and what to do.  And forcing her to hide her magic.  Things unravel when she gets upset.  She has a lot to be worried about.  This is a coming-of-age story with some romance thrown in.  I loved Imogen getting stronger within herself.  Also the secondary characters are fun.  I am not a huge romance fan but I have to say that this one made me happy and it was silly and amusing.  Also the use of pucas in this story rocked.  Don’t know what a puca is?  Just be surprised and enjoy.

The second story is a placeholder story that sets up the circumstances for the last one but it is still entertaining.  The third story has a new character named Lourdes, and I loved her too.  She is strong willed and principled and very different from Imogen.  Overall I found this collection to be the perfect read for the time that I had and me mood and inclination.  If ye like ponies, magic, romance, and quite a bit of fluff then ye might want to give this one a try.

The author’s website has this to say about the collection:

Iron Shoes

Imogen Hawkes is running out of time. She must come up with enough money to prevent the bank from foreclosing on her farm. All her hopes are pinned on her horse winning the Special Stakes.

But things keep going wrong, and it’s soon clear someone is determined to stop her. As race day draws closer, Imogen finds unexpected sources of help…including the new stallion she’s purchased from Boston, who’s not at all what he seems.

Despite a life spent avoiding it, Imogen learns that magic may be her best ally….

Snow Comes to Hawk’s Folly:
Imogen has the life she’s always wanted. Her farm is thriving, as is her family. But a guest comes to the farm, bringing trouble in his wake. When Imogen’s son disappears, how far will she go to get him back? Is it magic? Or something more mundane? In her family, the mundane is rarely to blame…

Lourdes Medina has left everything she knows. Following a vision in a dream, she’s gone north to Saratoga Springs to buy back the mare her brother sold out from under her. But the horse’s new owner, Finn, makes her an interesting offer in return for the horse. Against her better judgment, Lourdes becomes entangled in his family’s problems…and it seems she’s unwittingly gained an enemy, a woman who will go to any length to get the husband she wants.

To visit the author’s website go to:

J. Kathleen Cheney – Author

To buy the e-book go to:

iron shoes: three tales from hawk’s folly farm -Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

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