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Crossing Boarders is a contemporary Christian fiction novel written by Debra Sue Brice. Dana Berrelli has been riding horses since she was five years old and working with them on the family's horse-boarding farm is exactly what she wants to do with her life. That said, she's excited, nervous and altogether thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to be a working student for the summer under the tutelage of Amy Arnot, an Olympian and World Equestrian Games medalist. Dana wants this opportunity for Indie, her beloved Hanoverian gelding, as much as she does for herself. Dana's all too aware of his tremendous potential, and her dream is for their schooling to get him even closer to the greatness and potential she sees in him. First though, she has to send him up across the Canadian border in a hired truck, and then she has to bid her family farewell for the next three months. It's hard and Dana finds herself crying as she prepares for her auto trip to the upper Ontario horse farm that will be her home for the summer.
Debra Sue Brice's contemporary Christian fiction novel, Crossing Boarders, follows primary school teacher, Dana Berrelli, as she travels north into Canada and heads toward a momentous summer that might just change her future. While God is her moral compass and the ultimate guiding light of her life, Dana's world is horses. She's not all that good with people and finds herself sometimes scolding her younger roommate, Gertrude, but she's more at ease with her equine charges than just about anyone else. I loved experiencing what felt like a first-hand view of the routine a working student would follow under the tutelage of an Olympic trainer, and enjoyed seeing Dana's world expand as she leaves her family's farm for the summer and expands her horizons. And while Dana's no longer a young adult, her story is very much a coming of age tale, and, as such, it reads beautifully. Brice's own equestrian background and love of horses shine through in this authentic and well-plotted novel. It's most highly recommended.