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The Hearts of Horses Paperback – December 8, 2008
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Martha Lessen is nineteen. She carries her favorite book in her saddlebags (Black Beauty) and rides a badly scarred horse called Dolly who was burned in a fire. Martha has already experienced enough of life to be a bit scarred and skittish herself. She's seeking work "breaking" horses and World War One has presented her with an opportunity. The men who would normally do this work are going off to the trenches 'over there'. Martha has her own methods: the horses she works with are gentled instead of "broken" to saddle.
With luck, Martha finds a couple who are short handed. They are willing to hire her, but more importantly, they befriend her. They recommend her to others at their church and soon, Martha has a string of horses to train. As soon as these raw young horses have the basics, she sets up a circuit where a horse from one ranch is ridden to the next. She then changes her saddle to the horse that has rested in that corral and rides to the next ranch. And so on...
Riding the circuit, in all weathers, on young horses with no experience is a challenge that Martha accepts seven days a week. She has her share of adventures but as she makes her daily circuit she is drawn into the lives of the people along the way. Along with Martha, the reader becomes drawn into the hopes, dreams, fears and dangers that face these isolated people of the American West. Every man, woman and child that Martha meets reacts to her as a women doing a man's job with a woman's touch.Read more ›
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I think Molly Gloss does a superb job of descriptions of the Western landscape, weather and vegetation in addition to developing in depth characters. Read morePublished 3 days ago by goat lady
I really enjoyed the story. I know the area Molly Gloss described, so the history was intriguing. Would definitely read more by this author.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the most beautifully written novels you will read. I was heartbroken when it came to an end. She captures a time, a place and a group of people so utterly.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BiCoastalBookWorm
Enjoyed "The Hearts of Horses" very much, especially the compassion and spirit of Martha.Published 6 months ago by Leah Long