I read this book in one sitting. I absolutely could not put it down. The writing is so clean and spare, but vivid. You can put yourself into the Western life of 1914. It was so vivid that it was almost like watching a movie for me. Highly recommend!
Quick and easy read, good western!
A slow, rambling, county-western tale. Not as much of a horse story as I would have liked. More about daily life in a small Oregon town during WWI. It dragged a little for me but I liked the characters enough to make it to the end.
Well written story that slowly develops a wide range of characters, as well as doing an excellent job of incorporating the "gentle" ways of horse training. She clearly has done her research here and I look forward to reading her next book.
A very, very good book. I love the way it's written and you become very attached to the main character, Martha.
This book was a surprise, picked up by chance, and it is turning out to be a really excellent read. The characters are believable and the dialogue and descriptions are also realistic and well-written. Doesn't matter if you're a horse-person or not, this is an excellent book. Without being simplistic (good versus evil) or moralizing and without being all sappy or romantic, this is a story of a young woman who loves animals and breaks horses for ranchers. It takes place in the time of WW1 and the author simply tells a great story.
At first I didn't think this was much of a story however, I came to really like the characters especially Martha. It's lovely how the animals and the humans find ways to connect to each other.
Set in eastern Oregon in 1917, it tells the story of 19-year-old Martha Lessen who pictures herself a cowgirl?horse girl really?who will strike out on her own and break horses in an unconventional way for the times. We find ourselves in a small community with Martha breaking a circle of horses and getting to know the families associated with them in the year the US enters WWI.
Fairly balanced between history and romance, Gloss's goals for her writing are a bit transparent from her depiction of strong women to one farmer's death from cancer. But, aside from that a nice little novel for a summer day. Of course, I thought of Patches, the pinto pony in my life, and the good horsemen I knew growing up?Dad, neighbor Harry and, most of all Uncle Fred who not only trained at Fort Riley, Ks, but worked with horses in the army during WWI in France.
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