The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle
Alice is a 12 year old girl, living on a horse-ranch in Colorado. Her older sister, the previous pride of the family, has run off with a rodeo cowboy, and her mother hasn’t left her room since Alice was a baby. This leaves her alone to help her father with the ranch, where she finds herself intrenched in an adult world, figuring out along the way that everyone has secrets and life doesn’t always follow the path you desire.
Another book revolving around horses, but very different from the last. Reading Alice’s story, I found myself remembering my thought process as a 12 year old girl, and smiling at the similarities. The book is fairly heavy but moves quickly and I felt connected enough to Alice to want to see where she would go as an individual. I know most men wouldn’t read this because of the main character, but despite the sadness that hangs over the storyline, I enjoyed it and recommend it.
Random side note: I actually finished this book on the plane while flying to Utah. I haven’t read a book that fast since…well, the plane ride from Mexico in February, after their airline security forced me to check my knitting needles. Think of what I could accomplish reading-wise if only I was forced to sit down for 5 hours at a time on a regular basis.
Next up: Sizzling Sixteen, by Janet Evanovich