Twelve-year-old Andrea "Andi" Carter attracts trouble the way her palomino horse, Taffy, draws flies on a hot summer day. Andi's entire family and the ranch hands at the Circle C treat her like a pesky kid, and Andi sometimes wonders if her family would be better off without her. So after one really frightening event where she gets into major trouble, she saddles up Taffy and runs way from home.
But her escape doesn't earn her the freedom she expected. In fact, encounters with a horse thief and a vicious girl convince Andi that life on her own can be down right terrifying. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
Twelve-year-old Andrea Carter has several frightening encounters after taking her horse, Taffy, and running away from her home at the Circle C Ranch. She begins to realize that there really is no place like home.
Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home is a story about a young, mischievous girl in the 1880's who lives on Circle C Ranch in California. Andrea always seems to get into trouble. She's tired of being treated like a pesky kid, and there is no one at the ranch to talk to except Andreas horse, Taffy.
When Andrea Andi winds up in a terrible mess, she decides that her family would be better off if she ran away. Encounters with a horse thief, a traveling Mexican family, and a selfish girl, teach Andi that living with her own family is safer and a lot more fun--even if she does get into terrible messes.
On her adventurous journey, Andi discovers that God is always there no matter how much trouble she gets into. The reader watches as Andi humbles herself and asks for forgiveness from God and her family, and starts afresh with a new and forgiven reputation.
Long Ride Home taught me that most of the time I am too proud to humble myself and be forgiven. Pride contributes to many family misunderstandings that exist in today's culture. Author Susan K. Marlow's theme in this story is that while running away from our problems appears to be a way out, it isn't the best solution.
Long Ride Home is a fast and easy read with 128 pages divided into 17 chapters. This paperback is the first in Kregel's Circle C Adventures series. This fun book is written especially for young girls who know what it's like to get into trouble. Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home is a good read for book lovers who appreciate a satisfying ending. Estee Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
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