Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between human and horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Gallant's arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened. When Gracie meets Jack, she realizes that nothing will ever be as simple as it used to be. The characters' lives are beautifully woven together against the backdrop of a sport that tests the physical and mental endurance of horse and rider like no other. Gallant: The Call of The Trail, is ultimately a saga of love, adventure, and self-discovery, with an unexpected ending that threatens to change everything. "All ages are in for a treat when you put author Claire Eckard's enthusiasm and talent between the covers of a book. This story plays with your emotions in each chapter and then leaves you wanting more as the last page is turned." -Julie Suhr, author, endurance rider, 30,857 recorded competition miles. "Just finished the book, with tears streaming down my face! The story of a young girl and her love and devotion to her horse is heartwarming! In this world of uncertainty, it was refreshing to read a wholesome, loving book, suitable for all ages." -Diane Marquard, author, endurance rider, 12,654 recorded competition miles. "The Gallant Series promises to be what Black Beauty, National Velvet, and Lassie were to the youth of previous generations. Eckard has written a riveting story of faith, affection, and adventure that follows the lives of two teenagers as they train to compete in the heart stopping sport of endurance riding. Brilliantly written by Eckard and brought to life by the vivid illustrations of artist Phylicia Mann, this first book is sure to become a classic and will leave you breathlessly waiting for the story to continue in the trilogy of books to follow." -Lucian Spataro, Jr., Ph.D., Author of the "The Long Ride", Endurance Rider and Senior Fellow, Civics, Arizona State University Claire Eckard is an award-winning author who lives in Arizona. She grew up in England and travels there regularly, where she is still obsessed with clotted cream teas, and the tranquil English countryside of her youth. She is married with two grown sons and two beautiful granddaughters. Gallant is her first novel and is the first in a trilogy of books highlighting the sport of endurance riding. She has several published children's books which can be found on her website at www.claireeckardauthor.com, as well as at Amazon.com and other major online sites and bookstores.
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard is such a sweet story. Kinda sad at first though because Gracie and her horse Gallant were separated by a bad accident. The horse and girl had a special relationship that’s different from most. But this story does have a fabulous ending because Gracie and Gallant are given a second chance. What a special story to read. With characters that will steal your heart quickly. I was so happy for these two and the way their story ends. I find this story fun and enjoyable to read. I have always heard about close relationships between horses and their owners and this book gives readers a sweet story that’s brings this to life. Claire Eckard does an amazing job writing this sweet book and I look forward to read more books by this author in the future. This is a middle grade read but good for adults as well. Why not pick up a copy for yourself for a few hours of wonderful entertainment. A special thanks to the iread book tours and the author for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine only.
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5 out of 5 stars
amybooksy - 10 months ago
Gallant: The Call of The Trail is another great book I have read by Claire Eckard. Even though, this book is written for younger readers, I really enjoyed it. I thought the author’s writing style to be a little unique and easy to read. I adored the relationship between Gallant and Gracie. They have such a sweet and trusting bond. It was heartwarming to their unconditional love. I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen between this perfect team. It had in tears at times and smiling at others. It was so easy to keep turning the pages to find out what the author had in store for each chapter. What wonderful tale to read between a girl and her beautiful horse. I loved the drawings that are sprinkled in throughout Gallant: The Call of The Trail by the talented Phylicia Mann. I thought they were a great way to visualize the story and enjoyed seeing them on the pages. I found the illustrations to be a great addition to the story. I am giving Gallant: The Call of The Trail very well deserved five plus stars. I recommend it for readers who are between the ages of twelve and up. I will definitely be keeping my eye for more books like this one by Claire Eckard in the future. I can not wait to gift my copy to my horse loving twelve year old daughter and find out what she thinks after she reads it. To me, it is most definitely worth read and not to be missed. I received a paperback copy of Gallant: The Call of The Trail from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.