As Leigh Borden:
Pony Books (Adult Fiction):
LEGEND OF THE BLUEGRASS
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1977)
SUMMARY: Despite the title, not related to the above book. Adult horse story with a gothic romance flavour. Leslie Talant leaves a career in New York to come to the Bluegrass country around Lexington to care for Mary Ben Ashe, a woman left crippled by a riding accident. She walks into a world seemingly ruled by the curse of a black ghost stallion and finds herself torn between love and loyalty, reality and madness.
PONYMAD VIEW: Although well-written and readable, after Bluegrass this was a big disappointment. It aims to be a horsy gothic romance but in trying to merge the two elements, it fails to excel in either. Although it starts well, the story somehow never quite takes hold of you, and the hero is a stereotype straight out of a Mills and Boon novel. Neither is the heroine as appealing or sympathetic as Maude in Bluegrass.
PONYMAD RATING: 2 HORSESHOES
Unlike Bluegrass, this was not reprinted in the UK and is thus hard to find here, although fairly easy to get hold of in the USA.