Mary’s Song

by Susan Count

Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles.

When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles.

Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame.

Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgement of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. But Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?

Praise for Mary’s Song

“First of all, Susan Count knows how to write about horses, family, friendship, love, faith, and sacrifice! As a result, her true-to-life characters easily engaged me in wanting to know more about them and how their conflicts would be resolved. I basically did not put the book down. A favourite scene for this reviewer was at the county fair sales tables.”

“I didn’t want to put the book down–stayed up way too late reading it. Anyone who has ever loved a horse will love this book!”

“The plot is interesting and well-developed and the interpersonal relationships are endearing. As a result, I cannot imagine anyone who would not enjoy this book. The author is an excellent storyteller who continues to educate her readers on all things equine.”

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