Fourteen-year-old Andrea Carter would rather ride her beloved palomino, Taffy, than do anything else. But life on the Circle C ranch in 1882 is busy. Between school and chores, Andi is left with little time to prepare for Taffy’s first foaling. Then when the event finally arrives, it nearly ends in disaster.
Returning to school keeps Andi hard-pressed to find time for foal training. And she now has a new problem on her hands--Macy Walker, who has been assigned as Andi’s seatmate. The new girl’s crude manners and cruel behavior bring storm clouds into Andi’s life, as does the news that cattle rustlers have moved into the valley.
When the cattle rustlers turn to stealing horses and strike the Carter ranch, Andi’s only hope for recovering her precious colts lies with Macy. Can Andi trust this wild girl? Does she have a choice?
My take on this book:
Thick as Thieves is a coming of age story set during the 1880's, and is a good clean read geared toward teens but anyone who enjoys well written historical fiction will find this a wonderful story as well. Truly a coming of age story that provides many valuable life lessons interwoven with plenty of adventure as well. Ms. Marlow provides easy to care for characters that made need to know how things would work out. Descriptive writing certainly brings not only the characters to life, but the setting as well. I found myself being transported to the Circle C ranch and the activity that went on there. I really enjoyed the strong family feel that was portrayed in the story and the inspirational tone was very well done. Overall, a great historical fiction read for teens and tweens, but one that adults will enjoy as well.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.