Thursday, March 8, 2018

Good Thursday all

  Good Thursday all or like I to call it HAPPY FRIDAY EVE . Today we are going to review a book that is dear to my heart . THE HEARTS OF HORSES by Molly Gloss.

                            BOOK BLURB 

This breakout novel from the author of The Jump-Off Creek tells the heartwarming story of a determined young woman with a gift for “gentling” wild horses.

In the winter of 1917, a big-boned young woman shows up at George Bliss’s doorstep. She's looking for a job breaking horses, and he hires her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, and he glimpses, beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses.

So begins the irresistible tale of nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man’s world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair—and getting miraculous, almost immediate results—and she thereby earns a place of respect in the community.

Along the way, Martha helps a family save their horses when their wagon slides into a ravine. She gentles a horse for a dying man—a last gift to his young son. She clashes with a hired hand who is abusing horses in unspeakable ways. Soon, despite her best efforts to remain aloof and detached, she comes to feel enveloped by a sense of community and family that she’s never had before.

With the elegant sweetness of Plainsong and a pitch-perfect sense of western life reminiscent of Annie Dillard, The Hearts of Horses is a remarkable story about how people and animals make connections and touch each other's lives in the most unexpected and profound ways.
                     MY REVIEW

      Welcome to 1917 where a young woman is out in the west to gentle horses . When she rides up to a farm yard in Oregon . She is a young woman in a man's world .  While the men are out fighting in the war she is out gentling horses . She has such a sweet tender way of helping the horses . There are more ways to break a horse then bucking the wild out of them .  She becomes a good friend to the people that have hired her . She rescues a team of horses and gentles a horse for a son who's dad is dying of cancer . She helps a family out and stands up to a hired hand that is an animal abuser . Along the way she falls in love and becomes a very big part of the community that she fought hard not to care for 
    This book had me hooked from the first page . The author paints such a picture . The characters are so well written and complex . The main character Martha , I connect with her soo much . She is sweet but also strong , she really doesn't fit in anywhere.  She is no nonsense and I would call her shy . She doesn't want to do the womanly stuff . She is a cowgirl and she loves horses .  You really see her blossom through out this book . The familys in this book are such great characters . They all bring Martha to the realization that family is more then the people who are your parents . The Bliss's treat her like another daughter . They so sweet and kind and they grow to love Martha. Henry is such a sweet guy . He falls for Martha and slowly romances her . I loved Henry he is just so sweet and lovable . He is a no nonsense guy . 
   This book had me hooked from the first page . The author paints a picture of what it would be like in 1917.  Where the war was going on and women were doing more men's jobs . The author transports us to a time and a place where there is a clash of the new and the old .  This book is more then just about horses its about family and what you can do to be loved and love back . I found this book by chance and was so glad that I took the chance to read it . I couldn't put it down I was so engrossed . So if you want a great book that will transport you to the past and make you fall in love . So check it out you won't be disappointed 

here is where you can purchase THE HEARTS OF HORSES

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