Melanie Patterson tries to prove herself as a jockey to her family. Her plans are seemingly thwarted at every turn.
Donna Baker is a pseudonym used by the author Lilian Harry. Lilian Harry was born and brought up in Gosport, Hampshire, where she grew up in a “decent working class environment” during the Second World War. After leaving school, she worked in the Civil Service, before marrying a sailor and starting a family. She writes historical and romantic novels, and under the name Donna Baker, romantic fiction.
Finding the book: reasonably easy to find.
Links and sources
Lilian Harry’s website seems to be down, and I had to read the cached version.