Adult Non Fiction Review: Race Against Time by Claire Eckard

This morning, I have an inspirational, adult nonfiction book perfect for horse lovers! I have shared other books from Claire Eckard in the past--and, today, I have another wonderful novel to share. Check out Race Against Time, learn about the author, read my thoughts on the book & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


​Book Title:  Race Against Time by Claire Eckard
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  192 pages
GenreCreative Non-Fiction 
Publisher:  Cedar Fort Press
Release date:  Jan 10, 2023
Content Rating: G for all readers 

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About the Book

Flash was a pony that had fallen between the cracks-too small for most to ride, even for a Hackney pony, and too feral to be shown. What he needed was a person as small as he was-who had the guts and the patience to give a wild pony a chance. Then along came a little girl with a sensitive soul and a big heart.

Kyla Law was just nine years old when she met Flash, and neither of them could have anticipated that their partnership would make history.

In an inspiring true story of family, faith, and perseverance, Kyla and Flash's relationship mirrors the journey we must all take in life: one of highs and lows, successes and failures-theirs just happens to be along a hundred-mile historic trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains-the setting for the most famous endurance race in the world. From the moment they met, to the moment they crossed the finish line, their tenacity exhibits pure spirit: the human spirit, the Holy Spirit, and the fire-in-the-soul kind of spirit that helps us climb mountains and cross rivers, literally and figuratively.

This story is about a girl and her pony, and how in one amazing day they inspired an international community, as Flash became the smallest horse to ever finish the Western States One-Hundred-Mile, One-Day Ride-the Tevis Cup.
My Review

Perfect Novel for Horse Lovers. I have read and reviewed previous novels from this author, so I am not unfamiliar with the world of endurance riding. (She has taught me most everything I know!) The author really introduces readers in-depth to the aspects of endurance riding and the bonds of horse/human relationships. If this is your first "horse story,"--or you know little about endurance riding--you will feel quickly immersed and at ease in Kyla and Flash's story.

Race Against Time Offers an Inspirational Story for Readers. While  the novel is classified as adult non-fiction--the content is clean and suitable for teen/young adult readers too. Flash and Kyla face the obstacles and challenges presented internally and externally during their endurance race adventures. They offer readers an inspirational story of perseverance, faith, loyalty, love, and hope. There is a Christian element to the novel--but that doesn't overshadow the story of the bond and determination of the young Kyla and little Flash.

Would I Recommend Race Against Time by Claire Eckard? This book is another clean, heartwarming story focused on determination, the strength of heart and spirit, and the beautiful bond between a human and an animal. I would certainly recommend the book to horse lovers--both young and old. I would also recommend it to anyone needing an uplifting, inspirational story--especially for those interested in learning more about equestrian endurance racing, as the author has a writing style that inspires and educates.


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Meet the Author

Claire Eckard is an award-winning author and songwriter who lives in Arizona. Claire loves to write inspirational stories, both fiction and non-fiction that have an impact on the reader. Often her books revolve around the amazing bond between animals and humans. She grew up in England and is obsessed with clotted cream teas and the tranquil English countryside of her youth. Claire is a frequent speaker at schools, events, bookstores and on various podcasts. More information on Claire and links to her latest projects can be found at her website!
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