Judith Shaw does not merely capture the almost magical bond that forms between horse and human, but also highlights the practicality and logic that weaves through it. I thought Charley’s disillusionment and learning process captured this very nicely. It was also interesting to read an equestrian fiction book that introduces carriage driving, as this discipline is often ignored in the genre. The therapeutic relationship Charley develops with the strange black horse has an unexpected ripple effect that ultimately helps both Charley and the horse’s owner overcome their individual fears. Charley’s Horse is beautiful coming of age story that will delight all horse lovers, but also speaks to the anger and uncertainty so many children experience when faced with divorce.
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