**Blog Tour** Rafferty Lincoln Loves by Emily Williams

Rafferty

About the Book:

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… 

A sensational and compelling, coming of age story for older YA (young adult) readers and adults. Foreword by Frankie Dettori MBE, ambassador for the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

Rafferty Lincoln doesn’t like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no?

Except this isn’t any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profits Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling consequences.

The proceeds from the book will be donated to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

My Review:

I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the Rafferty Lincolns Loves blog tour. This is a wonderful coming of age story. To start with I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it but the more I read it the more engrossed I became. It is such a heart felt story, with true raw emotion running through its pages. It is not just a story about a horse but about children having to grow up and the issues some children really do have to face. There were points in the story I could feel myself welling up, Emily really is a wonderful author to be able to capture and bring to life the feelings of the characters through her words.

Emily really brought the characters to life for me within the story. She wrote them in just the right way to show their age. With Rafferty and Liberty being the 2 older characters I felt they came across as grown up but still slightly childish, how we all would have naturally been at their age and I loved that Emily was able to get this across. Dexter is a wonderful character, he was actually my favourite. He is much wiser than his years, which becomes more apparent the further you read. It was lovely to see the characters friendship come alive and grow.

I really did enjoy this book, it was such a lovely read. Even though it is a young adults book I feel anyone could read this. Although due to the swearing within the book, I possible would recommend it to a slightly older young adult. I would have preferred the book without the swearing as I felt it was unnecessary but it didn’t put me off. This is definitely a book I will be recommending especially as proceeds from the book will be donated to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

About the Author:

Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Letters to Eloise is her debut novel.

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