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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Finn Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781611065497
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A lyrical coming-of-age story about a boy, a girl, and a horse - and how a chance encounter can lead to a life of intrigue and learning, a life beyond imagining.

When Thomas Rose first spots the girl hidden by the roadside, she looks as drab as a lark, with only her red kerchief giving her away. But French Hélène, who goes by "Ling," is no ordinary bird. Tiny Ling enchants Thomas with her wild spirit and tales of a circus where she danced atop her beloved horse, Belladonna. But the horse has been sold, and Ling must fetch her back. Now Thomas’s life as a clever but unschooled wheelwright’s son is about to change. Their search leads to painter George Stubbs, who euthanizes ailing animals in order to study their anatomy. Stubbs draws eerie horses that stride as if they could move out of the paper world into the real one—but he assures his young friends that their horse is safe at a nearby estate. As Ling and Thomas devise a risky plan to recover Belladonna, Stubbs hires Thomas as an apprentice, teaching him to read and write as well. In this fascinating story, Mary Finn incorporates a real eighteenth-century artist into a beautifully imagined tale of adventure and young romance.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 9/14/2013

    " A little slow in parts but the attention and description of historical details was fabulous. The story is very sweet as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 8/11/2012

    " I liked the message in this book, but I ended up skimming a lot of pages because it was boring. Not one of my favorites, but I'm glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lokien | 4/7/2012

    " A nice story if a bit flirty wit wrong and right Vs. legal and illegal. The historical aspects were interesting and i love the intimate take on a bright person suffering with dyslexia. having my own personal battle with that cross, made this portrait all the more sharply felt and loveable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 6/11/2011

    " Really good! I loved the entire thing it was so interesting and kept you on your toes :) "

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About the Author
Author Mary Finn

Mary Finn is the author of Anila’s Journey, winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and the Éilís Dillon Award for a first book in her native Ireland. She lives in Dublin.

About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice talent, and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespearean and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and 13 Going On 30.