What People Say About the Books

sonrise stable books series

One of the most motivating things for me as an author is receiving letters or emails from readers, their parents, or grandparents. I love hearing how the books are having a positive impact on young people. There are certainly enough negative influences in the world today; I'm happy to be able to provide an alternative.

And, with the release of the Following the Narrow Path devotional, I hope to reach an adult audience as well.

- Vicki

Your books have impacted my life. I had trouble reading until my best friend let me borrow your series and now I can not stop reading. My favorite book from the series is With All You Are. My favorite characters are Billy and Eric. I love the Sonrise Stable Series so so much. Please write more.

This Christian horse-lover’s series wore the proud title of my daughter’s absolute favorite! Author, Vicki Watson, combines everything we love in life: God, family, friends, horses, and good-wholesome fun! Each book is based on a focal scripture that teaches a beautiful truth through two lovable 8-year old girls, their grandma and HORSES!

—A grandmother's review

I have read many juvenile children’s “Christian” fiction books over the years. Most of them simply teach a good character trait or two with the words “God,” “Jesus,” or “pray” thrown in for good measure. A few are Biblically sound, but the message the children absorb is that when you pray and ask God to do something, it always turns out the way you want. Once the children begin to understand our fallen world, they realize things don’t always turn out that way. Will they now believe God has failed them?

Vicki Watson’s Sonrise Stable books are different. She allows unfortunate things to happen in her stories. However, she uses those situations as an opportunity to teach Biblical principles and doctrine. I so appreciated Clothed with Thunder. This book addresses evolution. The girls do a great deal of research to prepare a presentation for their 4-H group against this teaching. (A girl had presented a pro-evolution speech at a previous meeting.)

In most juvenile “Christian” books, all the kids would have rushed up to them at the conclusion of their presentation thanking them and telling them they now understand that evolution is a false teaching. Not so in Watson’s book. Her book takes a realistic approach that will not only prepare the children when they are in similar situations but strengthen them by teaching them scripturally sound lessons from the Bible.

I absolutely LOVE this series! It has so many things I love threaded throughout these books!! (i.e. horses, homeschooling, adoption, family, and God- literally what’s not to love?!)

Read the complete review of the Sonrise Stable series by homeschool teen, Bella Raine.

I was honored to be compared to Marguerite Henry (the queen of children's horse books). - Vicki :)

"You and Marguerite Henry are her favorite authors.
I was just corrected, by the way. My daughter, who is 9, says your books are better than Ms. Henry’s."

Sonrise Stable Reviews from Amazon

Unique among juvenile equine literature, Rosie and Scamper and Carrie and Bandit are written about a homeschooling Christian family’s adventures. Readers will not only learn about horses, horsemanship and training techniques—they’ll also learn about the Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Well written, both books in the Sonrise Stable series include a clear Christian message. Real-life girl characters are responsible, mannerly and helpful to others. Loving parents, aunts, uncles and a widowed grandmother are all essential characters. You’ll not find the typical “girlfriend—boyfriend” relationships, rebellious attitudes or sibling rivalry in these books. Sisters and cousins are best friends!
Rebekah Holt, eQuest For Truth
A brand-new and squeaky-clean series for young horse-lovers, Sonrise Stable stars the enjoyable and relatable characters of vivacious, horse-crazy Rosie, her quiet, orphaned friend Carrie and Rosie's knowledgeable, practical grandmother. Together with a common faith and passion for all things horse binding them together, they share multiple realistic adventures in and around Sonrise Stable with their beloved horses, namely Kezzie and Scamper.
Jessica Young, Learn About Horses
Watson does a good job of tying in spiritual truths with the things the girls learn about horses. I also liked that Rosie is a Christian and Carrie is not. Rosie uses opportunities to show God’s love to Carrie and to share her faith, giving readers a chance to see how it can be done in a natural way.
Linda McQuinn Carlblom, Christian Children's Authors
Warm. Authentic. Wholesome. Christian. And, very horsey!

What more could you ask from a book about young ladies and their ponies for young people who love their horses or who want to vicariously experience a right relationship with both horses, friends, and family.

Rosie and Scamper, by Vicki Watson, is a delightful read and one I can recommend to parents, teachers, and grandparents who are looking for something entertaining, suitable, and beneficial for their kids.
Lynn Baber, Amazing Grays Ministry
Although Rosie and Scamper is a children's book, it is a wonderful story for all ages of horse lovers. I especially enjoyed the family values and Scripture passages and examples included in the story - it was such a delight to find the Gospel clearly presented during the course of the story. I found this book to be wholesome and fun, interesting and educational - children will learn about horses and how to be safe while spending time around them.
Livin & Lovin in Iowa, on Amazon.com
When this book came in the mail, my girls grabbed it and insisted they both got to read it before I could. As MiniMe finished the last page, and closed the book, her first words were "we HAVE to get book 3!!!" Sassy agreed. When I finally got to read it, I could see why they had enjoyed this book so much, and I'm thrilled that they are so thoroughly enjoying a series of books about other Christian, homeschooled children. This book wove subtle, but powerful lessons about honesty and learning to build relationships with others, into the story without sounding the least bit "preachy". While the children in the story are homeschooled, I think this book would appeal to any Christian family, not just other homeschoolers. The story centers around the girls' adventures with their horses and interactions with their family and friends.
Homeschooling Mom, on Amazon.com
Carrie and Bandit is a wonderful childrens book. It’s the story of a young girl looking for love, a horse and her God. Each chapter includes family, friendships, problem solving and of course the ability to see God moving circumstances for the best of one of His children.

The role the grandmother plays in this book is nothing less than inspiring. Ms Watson made the unusual effort to include extended family members as characters in her book and I believe it has worked well for her.
Shirley Scurlock
I love the way the Christian elements were included in this book. It seemed to be done very gently, and in a way kids can understand. I also really liked the sweet friendships in this book. Friendships between the two girls, and friendships between the girls and the horses.
Morgan, on Amazon.com

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