So whilst uni is on a semester break and I have more time on my hands than I’m used to, I’m managing to get a lot of reading time! The latest novel is loaned by a workmate.
Heart of the Valley is a great Australian novel that follows a very realistic tale of a young woman who is born into horses. Whilst her family focuses on racing thoroughbreds, Brooke Kingston finds her joy in bringing on young horses and developing them as competent show jumpers.
A freak accident leaves Brooke questioning how she can pick up the pieces, especially when her family seems to want to take away the one thing that is holding her together. Losing her job as the manager of one of the family’s farms, Brooke stubbornly refuses to leave the one place that feels like home.
Heart of the Valley is a great story of determination, understanding and love. Best of all, it delves deep into the life of competing and looking after horses, as well as the responsibility of running an agricultural property. The characters are likeable and the twists and turns that the story takes are explained well by the conclusion. A great read.
The novel is written for an adult audience and does contain mild language. There is also an adult scene that parents may not like their children reading.
Author – Cathryn Hein
Fiction – adult
In my library? Sadly no! Loaned from a friend but I’ll be on the lookout for other books by this author.
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“Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible.
He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted, neither turneth he back from the sword.” – JOB 39: 19-22