The Gift Horse by Leslie Stilton

The Gift HorseThe Gift Horse by Leslie Silton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Gift Horse is a book about artist Maggie Malone and her ultimate desire to become a famous artist. However she is the victim of a group of people who recognised her talent from a very young age and they manipulated her life for their own benefit.

This group are not human and are part of an experiment to restore culture to their homeland. With the help of Maggie’s best friend Parker, she finally sees and recognises the similarities of the Greek Trojan Horse and her own life.

The book is deeply set in New York and Fleetwater a town easily reached by train. I’m not a follower of art, so much of the artist details of the book flowed over me, I did understand Maggie’s passion and frustration when doors closed to her in the art world. This is a long book filled with many characters. The style of writing is very eloquent showing that the author has a mastery of the written word, the pace of the book is very relaxed, for me the real mystery began to unfold in the last quarter of the read. I would have liked to have seen more drama earlier on in the tale and more action to evoke my emotions as a reader to keep me hooked and engaged in the whole story.


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Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2, Week 31

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

November 16th – Day 16 of the Mystery November book tour and it was the turn of Tracy Lawson from Dallas, Texas and her book Counteract.

This afternoon we are hosting a birthday tea for the in-laws.

November 17th – My morning helping at school. The Sand Bluff Murders by C.M. Albrecht is today’s book on the Mystery Tour

November 18th – Day 18 of the Mystery Book Tour and it the turn of Gregg Bell and his book Jamie’s Gamble

Busy day today, My Mother’s birthday and my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary, my brother is travelling from his farm in Cornwall and we are taking them out to dinner this evening.

November 19th- Up early today and cleared out the lounge ready for delivery of a new sofa and chair, all ready for the 7am to 6pm delivery slot! Caught up on loads of paperwork and twiddled my thumps until 3.45pm, spent the evening trying out all the new seating positions, well you have to don’t you when it’s new!

Today’s book on the tour was Center Point by Robert Clark.

November 20th – Promised to help chase a payment for a friend when I next go to work. The book today on the mystery tour is Prime Deception by Carys Jones.

November 21st – Finished reading The Gift Horse by Leslie Stilton and wrote out my review. Today’s mystery book was Steps into Darkness by Ben Woodard.

November 22nd – Read and reviewed Home For Christmas by Jan Ruth The mystery book today was The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley Pickens.