Touch of Gold by Vivien GorhamTouch of Gold by Vivien Gorham

Touch of Gold

byVivien Gorham

Paperback | September 17, 2015

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When thirteen-year-old Jamie Francis's parents divorced, she and her mother moved from Halifax to the small town of River Bend, Nova Scotia. Jamie doesn't have any friends and isn't sure how she'll ever make any, when she comes across a neglected-looking horse in a field: a golden palomino she names Peach.

After befriending Peach's widowed owner, Jamie learns that her newfound friend is being sold to notorious horse-trainer, Valerie Scott, at nearby Tamarack Stables. Jamie offers to pitch in, mucking out stalls and doing chores around the barn, and becomes enchanted with the world of competitive horseback riding. She even makes a few friends, including Val's cute red-headed son, Nick, and Naomi, a popular girl from school. But she still isn't sure if she fits in. If only she could ride Peach herself...

Will horseback-riding be the key to Jamie's happiness, or will it gallop off into the sunset without her?

Vivien Gorham has been writing stories and riding horses since she was eight years old. Raised in Minnesota, she has worked in the Northwest Territories, Alaska’s Denali National Park, and on a dude ranch in Montana. She now lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with her family, two fluffy cats, and a dog called Niska. Her favourite horse b...
Title:Touch of GoldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:September 17, 2015Publisher:Nimbus PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771083247

ISBN - 13:9781771083249


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brought you right into the stables! At thirteen years old, Jamie was going through a lot of changers in her life. After her parents divorce, she moved to River Bend, Nova Scotia with her mom and tried to start over. Although she was the main human character in this novel, she might have been overshadowed by her partner, Peach, the horse and that was a fantastic twist to the story. As a shy girl, Jamie struggled to find new friends at school but befriended a horse and cat fairly quickly. Visiting them regularly and offering treats and care, this thirteen-year-old girl immediately dreamed of taking her first lesson on this strange horses back. She decided to call the horse Peach before she knew the palomino already went by Touch of Gold or Goldie in jumping competitions. Touch of Gold could relate a lot to Jamie, dealing with her own life changes, move and adventure of figuring out new friends. The pair were intertwined beautifully throughout the telling of their stories. Through the tale of a young girl finding her way in a new community, we meet many other characters but Gorham was masterful at keeping them all straight for the reader. She was also brilliant at making each easily related to and with flaws you'd hope they outgrow. The descriptions of the horses and well-written scenes made me feel like I was right inside the stables, smelling the sweat of horse and riders. If you have a teenager in your life, I highly recommend bringing the love of horses into their life.
Date published: 2016-01-18