When he is 17, Norwegian fisherman Lars is sent to live with his uncle in Dakota Territory in America, at least until a famine lets up back home. His parents send his little brother along with him, and the two of them must deal with a world unlike anything they could have imagined, while also coming to grips with the challenges of growing up. And falling in love. And surviving calamity (not to mention embarrassment - like the time Lars bought his first horse, which turned out to be a strange beast that made him a laughingstock). Some of their adventures and misadventures are recounted by a descendant, in this historical novel by the author of The Smolder series (set in the future), the MI5 1/2 series (set in contemporary times), Trouble Pug (time travel, so past and present all in one book), and more.
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About the Author
Kathryn Judson grew up in the American West in farm and ranch country, where she had her own horses as a kid. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter for many years. After she got married she helped her husband in his businesses, including an office supply store that morphed into Uffda-shop Books & Sticks, which sold new and used books and walking sticks. Her first novel, Why We Raise Belgian Horses, was inspired by family stories from her husband's side of the family, plus oral history accounts of Scandinavian immigrants. She has since written several more books, including Almost Hopeless Horse, Trouble Pug, Not Exactly Dead (MI5 1/2, Book 1), Not Exactly Innocent (MI5 1/2, Book 2), Not Exactly Allies (MI5 1/2, Book 3), The Smolder, The Birdwatcher (The Smolder series), and The Unexpecteds (The Smolder series)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Why We Raise Belgian Horses based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I received this book for free through Goodreads' First Reads program. I was asked to give an honest review in return after I read the book. I absolutely loved this book. I laughed out loud quite a few times, especially when Torvald (the younger brother) did some of his stunts. I thought all of the characters were very well developed although I would like to know what happened to Uncle Anders. It never really said at the end what happened to him. The author did a wonderful job explaining the complexities of life on the frontier -- especially where Lars' love life and his younger brother, Torvald, were concerned. I did not want this book to end. Therefore when it ended, I was happy for the characters but sad for myself since these are the types of characters that you can attach yourself to and really see them as part of your real life. I found myself wishing that they really existed and I could travel back in time to meet them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a great time reading. This book has a little bit of everything in it. Not only do you laugh, you cry, and you are so happy at the end to see how it all turns out. This is a keeper. :)