Book Review + Giveaway: Race Against Time


Title: Race Against Time | Author: by Claire Eckard | Genre: Non-Fiction | Publisher: Cedar Fort Press | Release Date: January 2023

Book Description: Flash was a pony that had fallen between the cracks-too small for most to ride, even for a Hackney pony, and too feral to be shown. What he needed was a person as small as he was-who had the guts and the patience to give a wild pony a chance. Then along came a little girl with a sensitive soul and a big heart.

Kyla Law was just nine years old when she met Flash, and neither of them could have anticipated that their partnership would make history.

In an inspiring true story of family, faith, and perseverance, Kyla and Flash’s relationship mirrors the journey we must all take in life: one of highs and lows, successes and failures-theirs just happens to be along a hundred-mile historic trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains-the setting for the most famous endurance race in the world. From the moment they met, to the moment they crossed the finish line, their tenacity exhibits pure spirit: the human spirit, the Holy Spirit, and the fire-in-the-soul kind of spirit that helps us climb mountains and cross rivers, literally and figuratively.

This story is about a girl and her pony, and how in one amazing day they inspired an international community, as Flash became the smallest horse to ever finish the Western States One-Hundred-Mile, One-Day Ride-the Tevis Cup.

My Thoughts: Race Against Time is the aptly titled story of a young girl who finds the patience and strength to train a feral pony named Flash. But just as Kyla Law has found a mutually-agreeable rhythm with Flash, she begins to outgrow him physically. Their time together as rider and horse is limited, but there is one more thing they want to accomplish before time runs out. The gruelling Tevis Cup may be the last time they will ever ride together…and they are going to make it count!

In this incredible true story about a girl who finds a pony that needs her as much as she needs him, Kyla and Flash find companionship, strength and validation as they become the team that brings the smallest horse in the history of the Tevis Cup to the finish line. From struggles at school and troubles training Flash to the uncertainty of competing in one of the most difficult horse rides in the world, Race Against Time tells this compelling tale of determination, faith and family with all of the emotional complexity and sheer grit that it encompasses. Young readers will cheer for Kyla as she conquers fear, bullying and frustration to finish one of the most trying endurance races in the world. With her determined mother by her side and the biggest horse in the Tevis Cup as Flash’s mentor and companion, Kyla leads this unlikely hero to the finish line in a dramatic and heart-warming story.

Flash’s personality will bring a laugh to anyone who reads about him while Kyla’s gentle nature will melt hearts. Together, they make a perfect team! This is a fantastic story made even more wonderful as it’s based on real people and the real challenges they overcame to make their dreams come true. Highly recommended!

Meet the Author: Claire Eckard is an award-winning author and songwriter who lives in Arizona. Claire loves to write inspirational stories, both fiction and non-fiction that have an impact on the reader. Often her books revolve around the amazing bond between animals and humans. She grew up in England and is obsessed with clotted cream teas and the tranquil English countryside of her youth. Claire is a frequent speaker at schools, events, bookstores and on various podcasts. More information on Claire and links to her latest projects can be found at

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook ~Instagram ~ Goodreads ~ Bookbub

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RACE AGAINST TIME Book Tour Giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Feb 20 – Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review
Feb 20– Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 21– Honey Can Do It – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 22 Jazzy Book Reviews book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 –Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway
Feb 27 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Feb 28 –Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 2 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Mar 2– Liese’s Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3– Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Mar 3 fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 6 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Mar 6 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 6 – The Life We Build – book review
Mar 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 8 – Diane’s Book Journal – book review / giveaway
Mar 8 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Book Reviews by Shreya Vijay – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Books and Games – book review / giveaway
TBD – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway