Book Review & Giveaway: Mary’s Song by Susan Count

BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s adventure book, Mary’s Song by Susan Count. The tour will run December 12, 2016 – January 2, 2017.




About the Book


Title: Mary’s Song (Dream Horse Adventure Book 1)

Author: Susan Count Genre: Children’s Fiction

Number of Pages: 122

Publisher: Hastings Creations Group

Release Date: October 20, 2016

Available on Amazon


Book Description

Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful, but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles. Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Mary’s Song is a sweet story about a disabled twelve-year-old girl, Mary, who makes friends with Laura, the girl next door. When Laura tells Mary that her favorite foal is probably going to be put down, Mary makes it her mission to save the foal. She doesn’t understand how a lame horse can be considered worthless. Does that mean she’s worthless because she’s lame?

The characters in Mary’s Song are realistic. The girls come from very different families, but they’re typical twelve-year-olds who don’t always follow the rules and tend to get into mischief. Mary is strong and determined and Laura is a good friend. Together they make a great team. Mary’s dad is too protective although it’s understandable. He’s already lost his wife and he doesn’t want Mary to get more injuries to her already damaged legs. Laura’s parents, on the other hand, are too busy to pay much attention to what she does. 

Susan Count’s writing is easy to read and I definitely recommend it for children and middle school readers. Mary’s Song is about of friendship, faith, heartbreak, love, and, of course, horses!


What others are saying…

“An excellent and engaging book from start to finish. A must read.” – Amazon Review

“Susan Count knows how to write about horses, family, friendship, love, faith, and sacrifice. Her true-to-life characters easily engaged me in wanting to know more about them and how their conflicts would be resolved.” – Geoffrey W.

“A genuinely touching story about friendship and recovery. I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a good horse book perfect for middle age girls!” – Amazon Review



About the Author


One day…I began to write with no preconceived ideas about anything. I’d read what I had written the day before and add another scene to the adventure. No one could have been more astounded than I was when it turned into a book. The whole process gave me great joy and restored my spirit after a season of loss. My motivation was my desire to bless one particular young lady with a story to show her a love relationship in a family, with the Lord, and with a horse. I truly thought the story would remain in a drawer until she was old enough to read it. Surprise. I write at an antique secretary desk which belonged to the same grandmother who introduced me to horse books. The desk has secret compartments and occupies a glass room with a forest view. Bunnies and cardinals regularly interrupt my muse, as do my horses grazing in a clearing. Though I am a rider and lover of horses, I make no claims of expertise in any riding discipline. I hope that my research keeps me from annoying those who would know. The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories. Saddle up and ride along!

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize(winner’s choice)

Giveaway ends: January 2, 11:59 pm, 2017

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Book Review: New Pony Day! by Jen K. Blom

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Title: New Pony Day!
Author: Jen K. Blom
Publisher: Jen K. Blom
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Today’s the day Josie gets her new pony – if she can find him, that is! Her cat Pasta’s along for the ride, too, but there’s no telling if he’ll help or not – he’s a cat!

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

What a great children’s book! Josie and her cat go to pick out Josie’s new pony but there are so many that  she has a hard time picking one! She knows that when she sees the right pony, she’ll know it. As she’s looking, she imagines where her pony might be and what she wants to do with the pony when she finds him.

The illustrations in New Pony Day! are cute and they have vibrant colors that will keep the attention of any child. The text is in verse and encourages children to use their imagination.

New Pony Day! is a great book for children or to read to children.



Book Excerpt

My name is Josie and I’m happy as I can be.
My kitty Pasta and I have a job just our size, you see.
Today’s the day I choose my pony.

All mine. Only for me me ME!

I’ll know him when I see him!

I KNOW I will. Only…


About the Author

Jen K BlomJen K Blom is an international award-winning author living in Berlin, Germany with her daughter, husband and hairless cat Yoda. Visit to get all sorts of great updates and activity sheets featuring Josie, Floki and Pasta!


Her latest book is the children’s picture book, New Pony Day!

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