Kate tensed as the corner approached. After the long, sweeping curve, it took a couple of minutes to hit the straightaway on the far side. The light from the moon had increased, and the trees cast long, spiky shadows. Kate could still see the road all the way to the next corner, some distance ahead.
Not a thing moved along the entire stretch. The horse and rider had disappeared like a wisp of smoke on the wind.
Book: Mystery Rider (Horses and Friends) by Miralee Ferrell, David C. Cook, 2015
Genre: Horse Book, Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 10-14
Subjects: Friendship, Evangelism, Love for others,
Summary: It’s a gorgeous horse, but a very mysterious rider. Kate sees it out the back door one night and after some investigation she, Tori, Cole and Melissa learn that this rider comes out every night, riding this horse. Following her leads them to a farmhouse not too far away where they are scared off by the rider who has a good reason for the secrecy. All the while, Kate is wrestling with her doubts about Melissa. It seems Melissa no longer wants to bully Kate and Tori but wants to be friends with them. Kate isn’t sure she trusts Melissa after their history. The trouble is that her lack of trust could hurt Melissa as much as Melissa has hurt her. How is Kate going to sort out all the questions and find the truth?
Notes: A Horse For Kate is the third in the Horses And Friends series. In this third book Kate is wrestling with showing love to the least of these. The mystery rider is actually a person who has been hurt by the treatment of others. Kate has to put aside her fear to show kindness to this person. And she has to put aside her doubts about Melissa to show kindness to her. In fact, it’s not just kindness Melissa is lacking, it’s a relationship with Christ. Kate has to show her what it means to be a Christian and how to have a relationship with Christ.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
1 Peter 3:15-16 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.