The Hearts of Horses (Paperback)

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If you are crazy about horses, read this book!! But, even if you're not a horse person (I am not), you will enjoy this story. Molly Gloss write so realistically and just plain comfortably about ranch life in Eastern Oregon in 1917. Her main character is 19 year old Martha Lessen. A young woman who is willing to "ride the circle" 7 days a week to break horses. A gentle, warm, and heartfelt story.

— Patty Merz

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“Molly Gloss tells a heartwarming story of a young woman who earns her way as a 'horse gentler' on the eastern Oregon frontier during the early 1900s.”
— Sandra Palmer, Wy'east Book Shoppe & Art Gallery, Welches, OR


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547085753
ISBN-10: 0547085753
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: December 1st, 2008
Pages: 304
Language: English