The Hearts of Horses

The Hearts of Horses

by Molly Gloss
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The Hearts of Horses 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
KatieBarTheDoor More than 1 year ago
. . .the cover is about to fall off. What a great read! Marvelous characters, wonderful story, timeless. I bought it because of the cover, began reading nearly immediately, and then couldn't put the book down. I've loaned it to a variety of friends of both genders (my husband liked it nearly as much as I did) and in ages ranging from 17 to nearly 90. The reviews are unanimously positive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because my favorite authors were between books but was pleasantly surprised at the unique glimpse of life in the rural west. This is set during an interesting period of transition between the automobile age and the horse age. While automobiles and trucks were around they were not as a dependable source of transportation as the horse in all circumstances. The main character makes her living by training horses and riding from farm to farm on a daily circuit. The story centers around the lives of herself and her clients and the family she stays with. It provides discrete looks at the relationships within families and societies expectations at the time. It deals with hard issues like alcoholism 'not a major theme in this book but just an example' in the mater of fact pragmatism of the era without drama and with out moral commentary. Things are not bad or good they just are. I read this book in one sitting as did my 93 year old mother in law, by sister's in law and my daughter. It is well worth the read and it absolutely transports you back to the time period. This is a grossly under valued book and an extremely satisfying read. Take it from someone who prefers mysteries and dislikes the the general slice of life books this book is terrific at giving you a vacation in your chair.
honestwoman More than 1 year ago
Molly Gloss has captured the essence of America in 1917 with memorable characters and a truly great story. My grandmother was born on a farm in California in 1902. This wonderful book showed me why my grandmother was the sturdy, hard-working, plain and simple woman I still love. Anyone who has ever held dear someone from that era should read this book. Anyone who wants to understand how very much America has changed (sadly) should also read this book.

Second only to Lonesome Dove.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing's elegant and sweet. A memoir with lots of nostalgia. Enjoyed the healing ambiance of horse whisperer and making sense of the world too. A profound and unexpected delight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well written story, first intended for my daughter, but fortunately ended up in my hands after she read it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the western life with horses and wildlife as the mainstay. A very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this novel by accident. What a fortunate accident for me! The historical perspective gives the reader a peek into a past few of us would have known. Even more satisfying is the story itself, as the author created such interesting pictures in my head with creatures and characters to care about and even love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the headline says the title of this book caught my eye. I had never read anything by this author before and will now be looking to compare other books she has written. I found it to be a wholesome but somewhat redundant book. I liked the characters and especially enjoyed learning traits of the different types of horses. This book created different emotions for me such as feeling of injustice,compassion, and humor. I would liked to have had the characters fleshed out a bit more. I have passed this book on to my granddaughter to now enjoy.
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
Title Somewhat Misleading First, let me say that I did enjoy this book and it was a welcome change from mysteries and others that I most recently read. However, I chose the book because of the cover, and I have to say that I was a little disappointed because the focus of the book changed midway from Martha's breaking horses to Martha's relationship with the people she came to know. Don't get me wrong - I still enjoyed it, and I thought that author Molly Gloss did a great job with the book, and I particularly enjoyed it since it took place during World War I, but in Oregon. But still yet, I yearned for more about Martha's actual work with the horses, with the actual temperaments of each horse, and that is why I gave the book 4 stars. 
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He didnt ask u about it today did he???? About justice
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Nah. Thank goodness! He probably finally realized that Justice's crush on me is far more worse then he thought. And probably feels uncomfortable about it. Dude just text me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the vein of a River Runs Through It, beautifully and simply written, without sentimentality but with achingly heart felt tales of a life richly lived by a uniquely independent and strong woman. Very satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book for anyone who has interest in working with horses.
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Historical - love history. This one captivating.
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The author gives the reader a good view of life out west during WW1. The book captured my interest right away. I do recommend this book.