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Green Heart

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Sara Westmacott is left an orphan, bringing up her two young brothers. She takes on a broken down race horse from a local farmer, and is helped by her old friend and neighbour, Andrew. Not everyone Is prepared to help Sara, and she faces ugly hostility from those who “know best”. She is not the only person shunned by the community, but her struggle with the horse brings so ...more
Published 1964 by Doubleday & Company
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Clare O'Beara
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful read, a beautifully written account of life on Dartmoor in the sixties when life is changing for everyone. Tractors replace horses, young workers replace worn out ones. The farmers are pressed hard to make money and cut corners.

One man has a last racehorse, a mare called Crossed Fingers, and badly needs her to win to pay his bills. But her leg gives in the heat of the race and he is furious at the thought of a couple of years of work caring for her. He lets a village girl, Sa
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Franklin
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A novel set in Dartmoor Great Britain in the 1960's, with a young girl devoting herself to restoring a broken-down steeplechase mare despite obstacles posed by various members of the community and her own poverty and responsibilities to her two younger brothers. A heartwarming story that gives a view of people at another time and place. I would like to read other books by this author.
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Vian Smith was an English author and horse trainer. Spanning fiction and nonfiction, his work focuses on the relationship between people and horses and prominently features the Devon moorland Dartmoor. Smith died at 49.
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