The Miller family's move from Ohio to Montana was, for the most part, uneventful, except that Sadie Miller had to leave her beloved horse, the palomino named Paris. Still, she likes the Montana snows and her job at Aspen East Ranch serving the ranch hands. Unexpectedly, Ezra appears, the man who seems to be perfect in every way and fully intends to marry Sadie. But does she love him back? And who is this fascinating Mark who helps to rescue a dying horse and shows up at the Amish hymn-sing though he is English? Why can't she get his dark eyes and tall stature out of her mind?
Now Sadie's own close-knit family is falling apart. Mam claims her head is cluttered and unclear, and she no longer trusts herself to make a chocolate cake from scratch or to cut Reuben's hair in a straight line. The worst part is, Dat refuses to acknowledge Mam's struggles. Sadie finds some refuge in Nevaeh, a black and white paint. But when a dreadful accident involving wild horses occurs, Sadie must move forward into the unknown future. Will Dat let Mam seek professional help? Will Mam be willing to go? Will Mark be at the next hymn-sing? Is he Amish or English? Will he like her favorite pink dress? Will she see the wild horses again? Why do these phantom-like animals take her breath away every time they appear on the horizon?
WILD HORSES is the first book in Ms. Byler's series Sadie's Montana. It's been out awhile, but I'm filling in blank dates with old books I haven't had time to read.
Ms. Byler, I think is published mainly because she is Amish. The story idea is good, the tension high, but it would've been so much better if she wasn't in everyone's head at the same time, if she wouldn't tell us stuff before it happened, and if she were consistent. The one horse went from male to female to male back to female and back to male. The author used wrong names for some of the characters. She uses one name for I think, Sadie. If it wasn't Sadie, then a random person appeared once in the story for one three word sentence, then disappeared.
Okay, the writing is not good. But the story was. I totally enjoyed getting immersed in a story set in Montana involving Amish and wild horses.