Cory Iverson's junior year is off to a lousy start.
Publicly humiliated by the school's hottest guy and terrorized by a bullying band director, Cory flees sports try-outs and just about everything else she begins, earning a reputation as a loser as well as a quitter. But when her wandering dog leads her to the barn of a former Grand Prix rider, she finds a welcome refuge in the familiar world of horses.
It's not too long before she starts dreaming of showing in one of the country's most prestigious shows--a totally unrealistic hope--until she rescues a mysterious horse with some unusual talents. But her road to success is littered with roadblocks as events spin out of control: prescription painkillers appear in her mother's purse; her ballerina sister wastes away before her eyes; her boyfriend is keeping secrets; and her normally opinionated trainer becomes strangely evasive.
Worst of all, the horse show world is not what she imagined. It isn't long before Cory's winning spree attracts the attention of a brutal trainer with a string of unexplained horse deaths in her wake. When Cory lands in the crosshairs, she has to decide if she'll once again back down and flee or stand up for herself, her horse, and her dreams.
Inspired by everyday miracles, L.R. Trovillion weaves magical stories of hurting people who find hope through horses in her Maryland Equestrian Novel series. Although she earned a degree in Russian and spent a career in government service, her real love has been caring for and working with horses. That love shines through in her series, focusing on the healing power of horses in the lives of teens facing complex and sometimes dangerous family situations. Believing there is more to this world than meets the eye, she adds a dash of the supernatural to each story. L. R. Trovillion lives on a small horse farm in Maryland with her husband, daughter, and several animals that really run the place. Her other works have appeared in Baltimore magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and various poetry anthologies.
"One of the main reasons we struggle with insecurity: we're comparing our behind-the-scenes with everybody else's highlight reel." --Steven Furtick
It's true that comparing oneself to others is a self-defeating and negative habit, but we do it nevertheless. Mindlessly scrolling social media has amped up this "Fear of Missing Out" or FOMO to an exponential degree.
How do we stop looking around at others in order to measure our own self-worth? Who should we look to for validation?
False Gods: The Show Jumper's Challenge
On the longer horse shopping trips, Cory amused herself by calling Vee by different names to see if she would react. So far, her test of the obvious “V” names had failed to elicit any reaction other than a confused-looking scowl. In her free time at the barn, Cory had scrounged around in the office, peering into files and riffling through vet bills to see if she could find Vee’s full name, but everything seemed to be billed or addressed to the farm or to Mrs. Stewart. She was failing as a secret agent.