A Bit of Sugar is a preteen novel, set in the early 70s, with strong family values.
Laura Maynor is a fourth grader obsessed with getting her own pony. Her father thinks it’s a great idea, but her mother, Rose, objects. Rose has never gotten over the loss of her own pony, Trigger, in a tragic accident years earlier. She wants to shield her daughter from such pain.
Rose’s father, who feels responsible for that accident, cannot bear to see his mistake now deprive young Laura of her own pony. Finally, after much pleading and a heart-to-heart talk with her mother, Rose reluctantly agrees.
Laura’s grandfather quickly finds an ideal, but expensive, pony at the well-respected Hadley Pony Farm, but the deal unexpectedly falls through. Determined not to disappoint his granddaughter, he pursues a risky, alternative course of action that produces surprising results. Will Laura’s mother and grandfather ever heal the emotional wounds connected to the death of Rose’s pony? And, even more importantly, will Laura ever enjoy a pony of her own?