Set against a backdrop of horses and jumping competitions, Quality Concealed is a feel-good story of devotion, determination, and of making dreams come true.
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The only thing 16-year-old Heather desires more than a Thoroughbred jumper is handsome David. Her horse Possum, a lovable gray gelding of questionable ancestry, can never match best friend Sheila's Thoroughbred, but David is slowly becoming more than a study companion.
Then Sheila zeros in.
When Kevin Quinn, Heather's mysterious neighbor, suggests they train Possum to jump, she thinks it nothing more than a summer pastime, until September finds them at the Utah State Fair, pitted against Sheila and her seasoned jumper, Pagan.
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Will Possum meet the challenge? Is Kevin's secret past a threat to Heather and her widowed mother? Will Heather and David rekindle their budding romance, or will his interest in Sheila continue to sizzle? Is Heather and Sheila's friendship doomed forever?
Complete with illustrations for each chapter, Quality Concealed, is the first book in the "Heather" series.
First Place - Publication Award Winner, Utah League of Writers Statewide Contest
Honorable Mention - Utah Arts Council
"I love this book. That's why I gave it an A+++!!! on my book report."
-- McKenzie Wolz, age 11
"A charming tale artfully told of a duplicitous friend, a mysterious neighbor, a surprising horse, and a ... what else ... puzzling studmuffin. Readers will be enchanted by the metamorphosis of a horse and rider... and the changes they bring about in others around them."
-- Dianne T. King, Writer/Editor, BYU Division of Continuing Education
"There is a hunger for hope and encouragement. Betty satisfies that appetite with her writing. Read and be filled."
-- Mark R. Van Wagoner, "Mark-in-the-Morning, KDYL"
"A fun tale with surprising twists and a satisfying ending."
-- Lisa J. Peck, Author of Dangerous Memories and the movie Only Once
"A delightful book containing all the key elements to entertain and hold the reader’s attention to the very end."
-- Skye Reviews
"Quality Concealed is a wonderfully written, gentle, thoughtful, adventurous yet poignant story."
-- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review