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A young woman runs away from home and finds love in a most unexpected place.

In 1850s rural England, Pell runs away from home on horseback the day she's to marry her childhood sweetheart. She is from a poor preacher's family and she's watched her mother suffer for years under the burden of caring for an ever-increasing number of children. Pell yearns to escape the inevitable repetition of such a life.

She understands horses better than people and sets off for Salisbury Fair, where horse trading takes place, in the hope of finding work and buying herself some time. But as she rides farther away from home, Pell's feelings for her parents, her siblings, and her fiancé surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels. And her journey leads her to find love where she least expects it.

©2009 Meg Rosoff; (P)2009 Penguin

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I was under the assumption this was a romantic novel. I would not classify it in that category. Very little romance but a lot of trials and tribulations for the heroine. One trial after another to test her at every turn. Susan Duerdan is one of my favorite narrators. This was my first book by Meg Rosoff. I would have wished better for the heroine. Meg Rosoff did a very good job with her story.