Release Date: 01/09/11
Young Daisy and her six brothers and sisters love Hartslove, the crumbling castle that has been in their family for hundreds of years. But their kind but feckless father, scarred by his experiences in the Crimean War, and by his wife's desertion, is drinking the family money away. Then he puts Hartslove up for sale: he has spent his remaining money on a young, wild, horse. Daisy, passionate about her home and her family, is determined that the horse is the One; that he will win the Derby and save them all.
But not everyone at Hartslove is on Daisy's side, and rich people are descending on the castle every day with an eye on snapping it up for themselves. With only months to go before the Derby, can Daisy and her wild brother Garth overcome the odds and lead The One to glory?
To be honest with you, this book didn’t attract me with the jacket text as such has made this a title that I was reluctant to start. So when I finally did, I didn’t exactly hold out high hopes for it. Sadly I wasn’t proven wrong.
For me the characters were flat, had very little to endear them to the reader and when you look at the situation in which they were placed the modern young reader will have a lot of problems associating as it’s one that doesn’t occur these days.
Add to this quite a slow pace, lacklustre prose and it was a title that I really wished that I’d missed.