by Laura Hesse


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Independence by Laura Hesse

Two fjords, an Irish wolfhound, and the hottest summer on record...

What could possibly go wrong?

For fifteen year-old Susie Stetler...everything!

When the dread-locked surfer chic arrives in British Columbia from California, she realizes she has stepped into the Twilight Zone. Her eight year-old step-brother is cowboy mad. Her grandmother thinks rustic living is fun. And the handsome rancher's son who lives next door thinks she's girlfriend material....not!

When the mountain erupts into a blazing inferno, it is up to Susie to get her family down the mountain...


One part adventure, two parts drama, with a little bit of romance thrown in, that is Independence. If you are a fan of Heartland, horses, and adventure, then you'll enjoy this story of two strong women in a world on fire.

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"Independence has all the makings of a great story - for young and old alike. Hesse has created nuanced characters who come alive on the page, and tell a story filled with twists and turns. There is even a bit of a romance thrown into the mix." The Canadian Horse Journals

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539002284
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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Independence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review by Laura Neufeld, The Canadian Horse Journals Two Independents, the fourth installment in Canadian author, Laura Hesse’s popular Holiday Series, is an exciting, heartwarming tale set in British Columbia’s interior. The novel introduces June, the matriarch of the Stetler family. She is a kind, insightful woman, and though suffering from debilitating arthritis, possesses a physical and emotional strength which gives the novel its heart. June lives with her husband, Bill, their dog named Horse, and an old Norwegian Fjord, CD. She travels up to their cabin in the mountains each summer, and this year she will be accompanied by her grandchildren: Billy, a horse-crazy eight-year-old who longs to be a “real” cowboy, and Susie, a surly fifteen-year-old from California who would much rather be spending her summer on a surf board than one horseback. The story follows the family as they head up the mountain and settle in for a quiet vacation. The summer, however, brings much more than they expected. Two Independents has all the makings of a great story – for you and old alike. Hesse has created nuanced characters who come alive on the page, and tells a story filled with twist and turns. There is even a bit of a romance thrown into the mix. Hesse owns a Norwegian Fjord and her love for the breed is obvious: CD and his new companion Independence are as strongly developed as the human characters. Hesse also puts her years of experience with the Alberta Forest Service to good use, depicting the dangerous conditions which arise when the summer is too hot and dry. Her detailed observations place the reader right in the thick of things. Two Independents is a great choice for the horse lover looking to add a little excitement to their reading list.