Staying in with Hollie Anne Marsh

Sweet Briars

I’ve been lucky enough to feature quite a range of books for children of all ages here on Linda’s Book Bag and I’m delighted to welcome Hollie Anne Marsh to the blog today to tell me about one of her books for middle grade readers.

Staying in with Hollie Anne Marsh

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Hollie. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?


My book Leaving The City, part of the new Sweetbriars Equestrian book series.

What can we expect from an evening in with Leaving The City?

Leaving The City is for middle grade readers (8-12 years old) who love and dream about horses.

(There are a very great number of those readers Hollie!)

It tells the story of Cate Sullivan and her new friends Violet and Tabby, at the wonderful Sweetbriars Farm in the English country-side. It has had great reviews to date, although I am still building them and welcome any bloggers / reviewers to review my book!

In the words of Jane Finch from Readers’ Favorite:

The author, Hollie Anne Marsh, has written a lovely story that is sure to appeal to horse lovers everywhere, and is ideal for the eight to twelve age range. The reader is carried along into Cate’s world, feeling her anxieties and delights, and empathising with her as she struggles to adjust to her new life. Sweetbriars is well described in visual detail, leaving the reader feeling as if they have been there. It sounds like every young horse lover’s dream home. Cate is a believable and likeable character who appeals to the reader, and her lovely Palomino horse, Odette, will have the horse enthusiasts drooling. A steady pace and a lovely and consistent story that will transport the horse devotee to a world surely every young equestrian enthusiast will crave.”  

(What a smashing review. You must be delighted with it.)

What else have you brought along and why?

Sweet briar

Here is a quote… this spurs me on in my writing, other projects and day to day, and I hope will inspire other readers. It’s a photo of me with my horse Frieda.

(That’s lovely. No wonder you’re writing all about horses!)

Thank you so much for staying in and telling me all about Leaving The City. I wish you every success with the Sweetbriars series Hollie.

Leaving the City

Sweet Briars

Cate is uprooted from life as she has known it. Along with her family and her gorgeous palomino show horse Odette, she moves to a charming farm deep in the English countryside.

Cate is torn. Upon moving to horse heaven, she has to leave behind her best friend Beth and her beloved horse-riding instructor Bridget. On the other hand, she has fallen in love with Sweetbriars, the farm her family has bought to make their dreams come true.

Setting up an equestrian centre at Sweetbriars is fun to Cate, but settling into a new school and having a stern Pony Club riding instructor that teaches dressage is less so. At school, Cate makes friends with Violet, who is confident and wacky, and through Pony Club she gets to know Tabby, who is sweet and popular.

The girls’ lives will be intertwined in ways they could never have imagined thanks to their shared passion for horses and Cate’s determination to make Sweetbriars a success.

Leaving the City is available for purchase here.

About Hollie Anne Marsh


Hollie is an Australian author who lives in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, baby boy, and Oldenburg mare, Frieda. After having a professional career, including creating the equestrian online shop Equiporium (since sold), working for many large multinational companies, and having a baby, Hollie reconnected with her passion of writing, and finished the manuscript she wrote many years ago.

Hollie has been riding since she was a little girl, enjoying activities such as Pony Club, showjumping, eventing, and trail-riding in the great Australian bush. Hollie lived in England for almost ten years where she had two horses and trained them for dressage.

The Sweetbriars series is inspired by all the special moments Hollie spent with horses… good, funny, and challenging moments!

In creating the new Sweetbriars series, Hollie hopes that readers will not only find the books fun to read, but they will also inspire readers to learn more about horses.

To find out more about the series visit Hollie’s website, visit her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @Hollieannem.

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