Rachel's family raises purebred quarter horses, but even though she is surrounded by beautiful horses, she still longs for a horse for her own. And when her dad takes her to a local auction, she only has eyes for one horse - and one horse alone. A terrified mare tries to hide her fear beneath a hardened exterior, but Rachel knows better. Everything within her knows that they were meant for each other. Once they get her home, the challenge is on. Can Rachel convince a frightened, abused animal to trust again? Will the mare ever overcome her fear? And why is Ralph, a mysterious and dark-hearted stranger, so determined to steal the mare away? Join Rachel and her family as they struggle to teach trust and love to the beautiful grey mare. Will they ever succeed? And will Rachel ever find the perfect name for her?
The sweet story of a girl of indeterminate age in an indeterminate era and the horse that she transforms with caring and deep knowledge of horse training. I'm not an equine expert but I know enough to ascertain that the author really knows her stuff in that regard. The villainous antagonist is a bit over the top but there is a merciful shortage of literary machinations and for the most part all the characters feel real. I totally loved Rachel and though I'm nineteen I didn't feel too old for this story, very family friendly.
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