by Aryn Kyle.
Quickie recap: Alice is a little girl doing more than her share at the family stables, where she witnesses not just animal life, death, and the atrocities in between, but the complex and confusing world of grownups even as she grows into one under the weight of her responsibilities herself.
Quickie review: More than a book about horses, this is a book about lost love and the lessons learned while growing up. At times sweet and others gritty, you can't help but root for the young girl as she stumbles along without much help or interference. I had a lot of heartache for this character, and felt that Kyle's voice was pleasingly strong and independent.
Quickie recommendation: Very nice; I hope to read more from Kyle in the near future.