Horse Podcast Ep 149: EQA Book Club: Victorian Romance and Horses

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 149 - Victorian Romance & Horses

If you love books, this is the perfect place for you. Once a month, Heather, Ute, and sometimes Krystal, will talk about their favorite horsey book. In today’s episode of the EQA Book Club, Ute is talking with SJ Garland about her upcoming book First Past the Post, a historical romance featuring Eva, a daring horse trainer who will leave no stone unturned to find her favourite horse which has been kidnapped by a criminal syndicate, a handsome duke and lots of adventures on both sides of the Atlantic. If you enjoyed watching Bridgerton, you will love this work of Victorian Romance and Horses!

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First Past the Post – A Historical Romance written by SJ Garland

A horse racing syndicate, a British aristocrat and a woman who will stop at nothing to get back her beloved horse, even if it means travelling to another continent. These are the ingredients of the book First Past the Post written by SJ Garland.

The story is set in the Victorian age in which Eva, daughter of New York’s High Society, owning and training her own race horses, is a bit of an exception as she is determined not to marry and to keep up her own self-determined life. At an auction, her favourite horse is stolen by a criminal horse racing syndicate and Eva is determined to find him and bring him back, no matter the costs. The search for her beloved horse takes her from the USA to England and makes her meet Francis Wentworth, Duke of Wiltshire who is also in hot pursuit of bringing down the syndicate and who is not at all amused of having a woman meddling in what he believes, is as a man’s job.

First Past the Post will be released on 4th July 2021!

Our Guests today:

SJ Garland (Singapore)

SJ Garland is a horse lover and writer originally from Canada, living in Singapore with her family. Having written several books already, First Past the Post is her first horse book.

SJ Garland’s Website

Meet Garland on Instagram

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • Meet SJ Garland
  • Inspiration & Research for Writing
  • Some tipps about self-publishing books
  • Writing books series

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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