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Summary

This is the story of Park Lane Stables. It is about hope, about horses and about lots and lots of heroes.

Natalie O'Rourke was an ordinary little girl from Birmingham in all respects save one: she was lonely. When she discovered how much she loved horses, she decided she wanted to grow up and run a riding stables. She wanted her stables to cater for children and adults with disabilities, additional needs and anyone who needed a friend - people who you might not expect to find riding, but who she knew could find happiness through horses, because she had.

Full of guts and optimism, Natalie fought tooth and nail to achieve that dream in the face of some hefty tragedy, heartbreak and hardship. Even the Covid-19 crisis couldn't slow her or her league of fearless Park Lane colleagues down - despite barely surviving financially in lockdown, the stables' 'Pavement Ponies' paid visits to the community on a mission to cheer their neighbours up, and tirelessly supported the NHS. But when the news came that the landlord was selling the stables, and that the Park Lane horses and their humans would be evicted unless they found a whopping £1,000,000 to buy the plot, it seemed a mountain too high even for this plucky team to climb. Could they win the support of the nation and with it their fight to save the stables?

©2022 Natalie O’Rourke (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"[Park Lane Stables] is such a force for good." (Rob Brydon)

"[An] uplifting story." (Horse and Rider)

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Feel-good, touching, and lots of ponies!

First off, I do know Natalie O'Rourke and Park Lane Stables, but wouldn't give a good review unless it was deserved. This is a charming story about always finding silver linings, friendship and inclusion. It's well-written, well-narrated (I can hear some of Nat's intonation!), happy, sad, and ultimately uplifting. A comforting read about what determination can achieve.

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Brilliant, touching and inspirational

It's a fantastically written book with a nice and consisten tempo on how things are happening. Those stories that make you feel good while reading/listening. Keep tissues handy just in case because it's inspirational and touching.

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Irrepressible horse-lover transforms community

An awe-inspiring story of how a stable director, committed to offering lessons to able-bodied people and therapy to disabled individuals, moved heaven and earth to purchase the stables so these vulnerable kids could continue to heal through their contact with horses.