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Sam (a pastoral)

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What pony-mad girl would buy a big ugly stubborn blue-eyed orange-colored horse?

Ruthie would. Her window of opportunity for horse ownership may be closing. And she’s desperate. She’s been desperate for twelve years. Which is her whole life.

Sam may be unlovely but he’s good at love. He gives his heart to his new owner, and they join up as a team.

When the bad times come, Sam
Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Savvy Press
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Jaylyn Olivo
Jul 24, 2012 Jaylyn Olivo rated it it was amazing
I'm not the sort of girl who read "a girl and her horse" books as a child, so I came to Sam in my 7th decade with a mind uncluttered by nostalgic memories of Black Beauty and that whole genre. As a friend of the author, I'd read an earlier version as the book progressed, and I got to proof-read the final version. It's an engaging story, smartly written. If it's read by preteens or teens, it will certainly make them feel like grown-ups. It pulls no punches, tells a tough tale without apology, and ...more
Ed Roberts
Feb 22, 2014 Ed Roberts rated it it was amazing
Sam (a pastoral) by Susan Larson

I just finished reading Sam and I really loved it. This is coming from someone who's into complex spy novels (John Le Carré at the top) and scientific non-fiction, and who has minimal interest in horses or country living. There are so many things to enjoy, starting with the unflinching view of real-life relationships and the colorful, but totally natural, friends and neighbors. But I think what captured me most throughout the book was the absolutely realistic and
Philip Morehead
A charming and moving memoir-like story that makes a number of good points and at the same time tells a good story. It works for adults and kids.
Sep 03, 2012 Candace rated it it was amazing
I was taken back to the days when we played in the woods, or the barn, or by the lake for hours and hours, with only a dinner bell to remind us there was a world beyond the here-and-now. The book's narrator brings you along on an adventure that can only be told by a girl growing up with a horse: discovery of the world and others in their beauty and their crudeness, and of the steadfastness of a big ugly brute of a friend named Sam.
Oct 20, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I thought it was a children's book but that's not the case. Ruthie has been wanting a pony for so long and when her wish is granted she still can't find happiness. This book left me crying and feeling like I had lost my best friend. It has a warm ending but this book will take you through every emotion you have every felt. I won't recommend this for young children.
Mar 23, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I really really liked this story. It was a wonderful relationship between a small town and a family, and how things probably really were.
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What horses do for people 1 2 Jul 02, 2012 02:02PM  
I loved horses from early childhood, and read all the classic horse books. I went to music school at Indiana University and became a professional soprano, working from 1968-1995 based in the Boston area and singing around the USA and abroad.

I did some writing for small magazines during this time. When I retired from singing I worked as a journalist for the Boston Globe writing features and review
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