The first book I read by Jilly Cooper was Wicked! I loved it so much that I read all the other novels based on the characters found in this book. A couple of years ago I saw Cooper’s latest offering – Mount! – and could not resist buying it. I finally got around to reading it during March Break (I have made a decisive decision to read all the books I have bought instead of heading over to the library!).
It was fun meeting Rupert Campbell-Black again – though I did not get to read too much about his story. In the story he is obsessed with getting his horse, Love Rat, proclaimed the champion stallion and is determined to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini. This desire requires him to leave his beloved wife Taggie at Penscombe to race his stallion. While he is away from home, his assistant – Gav – holds the fort while Gala, a grieving Zimbabwean widow, helps with the care of his wayward father. Gala later switches to working in the yard and her carer’s job is taken over by a devilishly handsome South African man who claims to be gay. In the interim, sinister acts begin to take place at Penscombe.
Mount! was a fun novel and I really enjoyed reading about characters I fondly remember. It has been a while since I last read the books in this series, so I could not enjoy the references in the novel to past stories as much as I would have liked to. As I read on, however, a lot of what had happened in past books came back to me. I enjoyed the story and would like one day to reread the others – if I am able to get hold of the copies (I previously borrowed the novels from the library).
Do you enjoy reading stories featuring horses?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 17th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)