Sam knows exactly where she wants to spend her life: Exmoor, England. Its heather-clad moors and stunningly beautiful coastline own her heart and soul. She imagines no better existence than the life she leads with Dunster—her handsome and loyal, though always hungry, Exmoor pony. Why would she ever leave?
One transatlantic relocation, two decades, and an empty nest later, Sam desperately needs an answer to that question. An unexpected request from her American husband awakens the crushing realisation she may be living the wrong life in the wrong country. Her apprehension is compounded by the discovery of an ancient Cornish word: hireth. Its meaning—a deep yearning for home with a sense of loss—sends her tumbling through the longitudinal cracks of an expat life, crash-landing in national-identity-crisis territory. Second-guessing decisions made years earlier, she must determine where her heart truly resides. But will the answer force her to choose between her husband and her homeland?
Told with humour, deep reverence for England, and compassion for the human-equine bond, Dunster’s Calling speaks to world travellers and homebodies alike of the love between a girl and her pony, and a woman and the country she left behind.
(A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this book goes to the Moorland Mousie Trust charity, devoted to the preservation and protection of the Exmoor pony breed.)
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About the Author
Born in England, Tracey is kindly referred to as an “undecided” by her eye-rolling husband and two grown children. Her trans-Atlantic lives have included roles in speech-language pathology and professional horse riding. She travels extensively whilst acknowledging indecision is costing too much. Tracey currently divides her time between Wisconsin and Exmoor—and Facebook.