An epic, emotional story of two girls and their bond with beloved horses, the action sweeping between Italy during the Second World War and present day. When Lola's grandmother Loretta takes her to Siena, Italy, for the summer, Lola learns of her family's history of heartbreak and adventure, stretching back to the Second World War. In 1945, Loretta's nickname was 'The Daredevil' due to her fearless competing in the town's famous Palio horse races - until war broke out and led to sadness and loss for Loretta. Lola jumps at the chance to enter the modern-day Palio on a beautiful horse called Nico - can she win, in hour of her beloved grandmother? And solve a mystery that will bring happiness and hope to Loretta?
Stacy Gregg is the author of successful pony adventure series Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals and stand-alone novel 'The Princess and the Foal', winner of the Children's Choice Junior Fiction award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Formerly the editor of fashion website Runwayreporter.com, Stacy writes exclusively for HarperCollins. Her own ponies and experiences at her local pony club provided the inspiration for the Pony Club Secrets and her later years at boarding school were a catalyst for Pony Club Rivals.
Shortlisted for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Junior Fiction 2016.