Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Girl Who Remembered Horses
The Girl Who Remembered Horses by Linda Benson
What a delightful story about the aftermath of Doomsday! I was actually confused at first since I knew nothing about the story prior to reading it. (Love my Kindle!) I thought the setting was cave man days since the people used dogs to pull wagons. Horses were considered wild beasts and if a hunter was good enough, a tasty meal.
This coming of age novel features Sahara (great name!) who has vivid dreams about riding and training horses. She confides only to her grandfather who believes she has inherited a gift - a way with animals. Sahara and her sister along with their grandfather are the last of their family, but travel with a clan of traders. This clan travels the country looking for relics from the old days that they can trade.
During their travels, Sahara sees horses and begs the clan hunters not to kill one that has been shot with an arrow. Later in the story, the teen finds a foal who's mare dies while birthing. Sahara raises the foal on goat's milk and earns the respect of the clan but only after many obstacles.
I was only disappointed in the end - I wanted more! I hope there will be a sequel!
Visit the author's site at http://www.lindabenson.net/ and find her and her novel on Facebook!
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Thanks for this lovely review, Sharon, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book! And I am working on a sequel, for those of you who want to read more of Sahara's story.
Sharon, I had the same reaction. At first, I thought it would be a pre-Stone age story and was thrilled when I discovered it was apocalyptic, one of my favorite genres. Mix that with horses, and I'm doubly thrilled.
The Girl Who Remembered Horses is a great read for mid-grade, teens, and grownups.
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