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The Hearts of Horses

Gloss, Molly (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Hearts of Horses
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An elegant, heartwarming story about the profound connections between people and animals In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses. She chances on a rancher, George Bliss, who is willing to hire 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 a young but determined woman trying to make a go of it in a man's world. Over the course of several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk witness Martha talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair--getting miraculous, almost immediate results. It's with this gift that she earns their respect, and a chance to make herself a home.
Authors: Gloss, Molly
Title: The hearts of horses
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Molly Gloss
ISBN: 0618799907
9780618799909
Branch Call Number: FICTION GLOSS
Subject Headings: Horses Training Fiction Young women Fiction
Topical Term: Authors, American
Horses
Young women
LCCN: 2007008521
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Join the discussion on June 16, 2015. 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 the connections between and among people and animals and how they touch on... Read More »

n the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses.

An elegant, heartwarming story about the profound connections between people and animals In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses. ...

I love stories about the west; this one concerns a self-sufficient woman more comfortable with horses than humans, and is set in Eastern Oregon during WWI.

In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses. She chances on a rancher, George Bliss, who is willing to hire her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, ... Read More »


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Feb 21, 2012
  • kelsietrunnell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very, very good book. I love the way it's written and you become very attached to the main character, Martha.

Jul 14, 2011
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 08, 2011
  • wanderer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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