Set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Deborah Smith Parker's coming of age memoir takes place in the 1950s during three transformative summers she spent on a horse ranch. As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, she longed for the life of a cowboy. At age 13 her parents allowed her to go west to live her dream where she met her first love—a horse nick-named Tank. She spent her summers riding, wrangling, and sleeping out under the stars while her extraordinary relationship with Tank developed, shaped by the poignancy, hilarity and drama that tested relationships undergo. Like the rugged mountains in which these events took place, this story has rapidly shifting light and shadow which Parker artfully leads the reader through with humor and well-wrought descriptions of vivid pictures of life on the ranch—daily chores, risky antics and real peril, coping with dirt and dangers on the trail, and learning the language of horses, her horse in particular.
This was such a joy to read this book. Being a horse crazy girl my whole life I know where the author is coming from in this autobiographical story. The story is set in the 1950s where a young girl is in love with everything country. She goes a summer camp set in the Rockies. Deborah spends three wonderful summers riding and living the country lifestyle. She ropes and rides and falls in love with Tank. It wasn't love at first site but as they get to know each other a bond is forged that forever changes the author's life .
Now being a girl who loves horses as much as I am , there is nothing better then seeing your soul mate and falling in love with that four legged wonders. That are called horses. They give you their heart and will do anything for you . The author weaves a wonderful tale full emotion. Her stories are funny and emotional all at the same time. There are moments when you are laughing out loud and the next moment you have tears.
As the author weaves her story, you find that there is more to the story then just horses, it is also about friends and the length someone will go to help them out when something is done to them.
Friends standing up for each other. There is heartbreak and courage in each and everyone of those girls that the author has written about in her book
So if you want a book that has courage of conviction, heartbreak and the love of a great horse. That will stick with you for the rest of your life. This is the book for you. If you love horses this is the book for you . If you like adventure this is the book for you. So check it out