I recently downloaded Starling Sanctuary on Kindle. This short story explores rescuing horses that would otherwise be sold for slaughter. It follows the daily life of Laney Matthews as someone who rescues horses and tends to their daily needs.
Although the story has a good topic, the length doesn’t seem to allow it to explore in detail what is involved in rescuing and caring for horses. The reader gets to hear about Laney feeding horses and working with them but there is no detail about what they get fed or what she does when working with the horses.
The idea of rehoming horses instead of them being slaughtered is great and this is explored a bit. The process doesn’t seem to be fully explored and assuring that owners are suitable owners doesn’t appear to come into the equation.
The topic of quarantine is raised also and although it is applied to the horses needing rehoming, it isn’t applied to the first three horses that Laney acquires in the novel which doesn’t seem fitting.
Starling Sanctuary is a short read that is fast paced and full of horses. I’d have enjoyed it even more if it had given a little more detail rather than general horse statements.
Author: Hannah Conrad
Fiction – horse rescue
In my library? As an eBook it is!