Vicky wasn't comfortable with people, and when the family moved to Illinois she wandered over to a nearby horse farm. Her instant love of the horses made her offer to work for free. Milly and Burton, the farm owners, appreciated this nine year old girl's love of the farm and amazing work ethic, and Milly taught her how to care for the animals and eventually ride the horses. Her relationship with Joe, the "ugly duckling" horse on the farm, proves what an effect love and respect can have on animals as well as people.
This is a feel good book that gives us a peek at life a half century ago. We get wonderful insight into Vicky as she confides in Joe, the once abused horse that nobody else could reach. I found myself laughing at her stories about school, family and Mick...the mad crush whose face she can't remember today. Her ability to connect with Joe was heartwarming, and I am so happy that this book was recommended to me. It is a fast read that will make you smile.
Publisher - Amazon Digital Services
Date of Publication - March 31, 2015