• One Frosty Christmas

  • The Holiday Series, Book 1
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Leslie Howard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a charming, hankie-waving Christmas classic for girls who love horses, ages 8 and up.

Teased by the local kids for being a city girl and an amputee, Hannah Storey feels alone and isolated, just like the old mustang she sees on the way to and from school every day. Hannah vows to save the pony the local kids have cruelly nicknamed Frostbite from freezing to death or being sent to slaughter, but events spiral out of control.

Will Hannah be able to save the pony? Will the townsfolk of River Bend ever accept her? Maybe Hannah Storey is just what the town needs to remember what love, friendship, and Christmas are really about.

©2003 Laura Hesse (P)2017 Laura Hesse

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Sweet Story Of Friends Saving Friends

One Frosty Christmas was just what I was looking for so close to the holidays. Hannah is a brave young girl, and I liked how she was in no way thwarted by the fact that she's an amputee, and even if other kids call her "Pegleg", she never comes across as one to feel sorry for herself. She is quite capable.
Through her concern and later care for the unhappy horse, Frostbite, she finds that she's no longer alone, no longer an outcast but has comrades who will help her save him.
There is quite a bit of action at the end, and several sweet and empowering scenes throughout, and there's even some Native wisdom that comes from Hannah's friend Joe, who speaks to and seeks help from The Grandfathers.
Leslie Howard does a capable job with the narration, carrying many and varied characters, carrying action, carrying joy, and even absolute distress with aplomb. She sounds like a young girl but never turns One Frosty Christmas into a little kid's book. It definitely is for a younger audience, but as an adult, you won't be bored at all if you listen to it when your children do.
And nothing brings people together like doing the right and courageous thing. It's a really, really happy ending!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Sweet little story

I enjoyed this sweet little story about a young girl suffering from lose of her grandmother and a leg in an accident. Moving and finding that the school bully is nothing short of mean. But a pony suffering causes her to dig deeper within herself and her own hurts to help. Sweet story full of hope and perseverance. Received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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Very sweet Holiday Story

"Öne Frosty Christmas" is a sweet and uplifting holiday story.
The narrator's voice compliments the story very well.

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Cute Holiday Listen

This was such a cute heartwarming story. The author does a great job of giving good descriptions so that you can really visualize this story. It is a well written story even if it can be mostly anticipate what's going to happen next. I enjoyed this short but perfect holiday listen.

The narrator did a good job on this performance and was a perfect fit for this story.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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One Frosty Christmas

A sweet story of a young girl dealing with loss, struggling to fit in, in a new town, and helping a poor unfortunate horse.

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Amazing and very touching!

This book can warm your heart with all its kindness and cuteness. The story is very touching and keeps you interested. The narrator's voice is extremely pleasant to listen. Overall, I really liked this audiobook and would like to hear more books like that.
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All the Elements for a Perfect Christmas Book

This is so much more than merely a story about a disabled young woman and her quest to save a starving horse. This is a little book that looms large with Christmas spirit and page after page of lovely writing that puts you solidly in every scene.

Hannah is a new student at a rural school in a Canadian town where her parents have recently moved. She is essentially an outcast because others are intent on focusing on her prosthetic leg—a prosthesis that became part of her life after a tragic accident. Read this and enter Hannah’s world—a world in which a lovely young dreamer quietly marginalizes her disability and never stops dreaming.

Her dreams involve flying high on the back of a pony—a pony that, in real life, is vastly different from her dreams. Hannah first sees the horse on the way home from school. It is exposed to the elements; it is unkempt and underfed. She secretly names the horse “Mr. Frost” or “Frosty.” She determines that somehow, she will be the one to save the starving horse.

Accordingly, she takes riding lessons as the fall merges into winter, and she firms up her plan with the help of a young native. He doesn’t talk much, but she appreciates a contented silence, and the two become close friends. Together, they secretly slip food to the starving horse, and Hannah seeks to gain the skittish horse’s trust.

While she knows better, Hannah determines to remove the horse from its dreadful surroundings and claim it for herself. That determination sets off a string of events that culminates in one of the most heart-warming Christmas books you’ll read anywhere.

Leslie Howard’s narration is a treasure of the first and best kind. Her inflections and cadences are perfect; she becomes Hannah, and her narration allows you to feel the cold of the winter mornings as a lovely young woman walks tall, so to speak, in her determination to save an ailing horse and live a dream. Interestingly enough, her seemingly small efforts ultimately save far more than a horse.

In summation, if you have a choice of reading the print copy of this or listening to the excellent narration, go with the narration. It adds a richness to the book that will enhance your enjoyment of it.

This is a highly appropriate book for anyone of any age to enjoy. You will be saddened by the way Hannah is treated by some of her classmates, but the descriptions of the bullying are not so graphic that you should avoid the book. There is no profanity here, and there are no sexual descriptions. This is a refreshingly clean, well-written, well-plotted and well-narrated book that can become a Christmas favorite you can enjoy all year.

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A Starving Horse and a Girl Determined to Save Him

Will love for a beaten animal be enough to save a life? Both realistic and enchanting. By the time I finished the story I was disappointed that it was over. It's definitely one of those books I didn't want to end.

I requested and received a copy of the audiobook free for review purposes. The narration is of excellent quality; so much so that I became totally immersed in the story.

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FOR BOYS TOO!!

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I’m enjoying the books about these kids. There is a strong secondary character that is a boy and all the people in the book have horses and ride. The book has a lot of good lessons for all kids- tolerance, cooperation, friendship, truth and compassion.

THE BOOK IS NOT JUST FOR GIRLS- I’M FRUSTRATED TO SEE THE SUMMARY WITH THAT LABELING. JUST BECAUSE THE MAIN CHARACTER IS A GIRL AND THERE ARE HORSES DOES NOT MEAN BOYS CAN’T OR WON’T ENJOY THIS STORY!! It would be a shame if anyone passed this over and did not give this book to their son to read.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Leslie Howard ) and I enjoyed the way she narrated this book. She does a great job with the voices of the kids and the adults, males and females.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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Cute, Short Horse Story

This story started off slow but it ended up being a cute heart warming story. I wasn't thrilled with the narrator though.

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