The Bottom Line
- An almost believable story set in a world racing fans are familiar with
- Author obviously is familiar with horses and the racing world
- Despite a predictable end, the book is still exciting to read and hard to put down.
- Some minor errors like horse names longer than legal
- Those expecting a mystery of the Dick Francis genre would be disappointed
- High-powered advertising executive Leigh Meredith is dumped by the man she had hoped to marry.
- Feeling a need to "find herself", she quits her Manhattan job and flees to Virginia.
- Once there, she happens upon an abandoned gray gelding named Silver Dreams, who is blind in one eye.
- She nurses the horse back to health and enlists the services of trainer Whit Riley.
- The horse works his way up from Virginia hunt meets through to the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Guide Review - Silver Dreams
Many horse stories have a romance component and this one is no exception, but this was but a small subplot in the whole novel. Newman's experience as a horsewoman was put to use here, as she realistically portrayed the atmosphere of the racing world. She includes the usual cast of characters to be found in upper class racing, such as the oil sheikhs and other multi-millionnaire owners, their impeccably-bred horses, the railbirds, and of course the media circus that follows the Breeders' Cup and other major racing events.
As a follower of horse racing, this reader found it to not only be a very believable novel but an enjoyable read as well, despite the predictable nature of the story. It was also a pleasant surprise to see our home track featured for one of the races, accurately portrayed. The few errors we did find would be easily overlooked by most readers.