Sonrise Stable Series
There’s something different at Sonrise Stable.
Yes, there are plenty of horses and girls who are crazy about horses — and a few too many cats!
But the difference is the Christ-centered theme. Set in our modern times, the books have an old-fashioned feel. The main characters are homeschooled children who get along with their siblings, and respect their parents and other adults. They’re eager to learn about God and share their faith. While the children are respectful and obedient, they’re not perfect. There’s plenty of adventure, humor, and opportunities for lessons to be learned.
The Sonrise Stable series contains wholesome, heartwarming stories of an extended homeschooling family as they live, learn, and love together. Mixing adventure, life lessons, and realistic horse experiences, the series is a must for readers who enjoy family values, Christian faith, and, of course, horses! My goal is not only to teach children about horses, but also to help them draw closer to God. Although the target audience is children 8 to 13, older teens and adult women enjoy the books too!
All Ten (10) books in the Sonrise Stable Series:
Book 1: Rosie and Scamper
While learning to ride at Sonrise Stable, eight-year-old Rosie dreams of the horse shows she will win with her pony, Jet. Two years later, nothing is exactly the way Rosie planned it—she’s riding a new pony, Scamper, and learning that life isn’t always easy. But it’s as Rosie reaches out to the new girl next door that she truly begins to see that God works all things together for good in our lives.
Book 2: Carrie and Bandit
Carrie can’t believe it—she has a horse of her own and is only weeks away from being adopted by the most loving family she’s ever known. But Bandit is harder to manage than she first imagined—and the adoption might not go as smoothly as she thought either. When a bad decision jeopardizes everything, Carrie learns what it means to be forgiven and truly loved.
Book 3: Clothed With Thunder
After sitting through a 4-H demonstration on the evolution of the horse, Rosie and Carrie are determined to present the arguments for creation at the club’s next meeting. The demonstration proves harder to put together than they imagined as everyone offers the girls their opinions. The lessons Rosie learns about creation extend into her life in surprising ways as she faces her old adversary, Billy King, who cheated her out of her first trophy with her pony, Scamper.
Book 4: Tender Mercies
When Rosie, Carrie, and Grandma are asked to help out at Last Chance Corral, a nursemare foal rescue, Rosie is shocked when she experiences firsthand how cruel some people can be to animals. During the week at Last Chance, the girls learn that the God who knows when a sparrow falls to the ground works through the kindness of others to provide for the animals He created. For the foals, and the girls, Last Chance Corral is a life-changing experience.
Book 5: Outward Appearances
When the first boarders arrive, Rosie realizes working at the family stable will be more difficult than she anticipated. The extra horses aren’t the problem however; it’s one of the boarders that Rosie can’t get along with. When Grandma explains 1 Samuel 16:7 to the girls, Rosie struggles to see how the verse applies. It takes an annoying boarder, a blind horse, and an extreme race to teach Rosie that while man looks at outward appearances, God looks at the heart.
Book 6: Follow Our Leader
Rosie can’t wait for The Great Adventure—the family’s first summer camp at Sonrise Stable! However the week presents several unanticipated challenges with the possibility of losing old friends—human and equine, becoming a role model to a rambunctious young camper, and facing persecution from an unexpected source. Through it all, Rosie learns valuable lessons about following Christ, whether His path leads to the mountaintop or through a valley.
Book 7: Rejoice With Me
With the excitement of summer camps over, Rosie and Carrie work to get their horses in shape for the state 4-H competitive trail ride. The girls are surprised to learn that Abigail, the arrogant new boarder at Sonrise Stable, is also entered in the race. Can Scamper and Zach keep up with her flashy Arabian? How much is Rosie willing to risk in order to beat Abigail and win the competition?
Book 8: Operation Christmas Spirit
A rascally pony, two run-down carts, and a pile of moldy harness seemed like a strange start to a journey full of ups and downs that led Rosie to the most meaningful Christmas of her life. But looking back, she knew it all began that fall day at the livestock auction.
When Billy King asks questions about the biblical Christmas story, his curiosity inspires Rosie and the other children to dive into Scripture for the answers. Together they come up with a secret plan for a unique Christmas celebration—Operation Christmas Spirit.
Book 9: With All You Are
Sometimes, real-life events make Scripture sink deeper into our hearts than any sermon or Sunday school class. Rosie couldn’t have imagined that bull riding, a kind Amish family, and a mystery involving five Saddlebred horses would help her come to truly understand the commandment Jesus called the greatest: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.”
Book 10: Love Your Neighbor
In the exciting conclusion to the series, Rose learns to do her very best to obey the command Jesus called the second greatest of all: to love your neighbor as yourself. But facing a difficult new adversary, Rosie discovers it’s much harder to keep this command than she imagined.
About the Author
Author Vicki Watson writes: In 2002, my daughters and I started a group that we called the Christian Cowgirl Club. During the summers we invited a group of girls over once a week. We taught them about horses and riding, and included lessons about God, illustrated through experiences we had with our horses.
The books in the Sonrise Stable series are fictional, but they draw heavily on the experiences I’ve had with horses over the years. My goal in writing the books was to help children learn about horses and draw closer to God!