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The Hearts of Horses

May 2, 2011

    I really enjoyed re-reading this book before a recent discussion at the library. I told the book group they deserved a treat after reading non-fiction, and picked this title by Molly Gloss.

Martha Lessen, 19, comes to Elwha County, Oregon, looking for horses to train. She prefers to sleep in the tack room of the barn, and is more comfortable around horses then people. George and Louise Bliss are happy to have her stay at their farm while she rides a circle, working with several horses each day. Surprisingly for the WWI era setting, Martha gentles the horses, rather then breaking them.

As she learns about the families on her circle route, she becomes part of the community in a way she didn’t expect, even having a gentle romance. Life isn’t easy in that place and time, but it can be pretty rewarding.

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