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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,085 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Rosoff Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781101079416
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A young woman runs away from home and finds love in the most unexpected place.

In Meg Rosoff’s fourth novel, a young woman in 1850s rural England runs away from home on horseback the day she’s to marry her childhood sweetheart. Pell is from a poor preacher’s family and she’s watched her mother suffer for years under the burden of caring for an ever-increasing number of children. Pell yearns to escape the inevitable repetition of such a life.

She understands horses better than people and sets off for Salisbury Fair, where horse trading takes place, in the hope of finding work and buying herself some time. But as she rides farther away from home, Pell’s feelings for her parents, her siblings, and her fiancé surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels. And her journey leads her to find love where she least expects it. Rosoff’s magical voice and her novel’s ethereal setting will thrill her passionate longtime fans and garner her new ones.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rosoff specializes in feisty heroines, and her main character here, Pell Ridley, is no exception…Rosoff never patronizes her readership or succumbs to the desire to make goodness seem simple: her world is as morally ambiguous as it is deftly realized, and all the better for it.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “As exhilarating as a ride across the moors, Rosoff’s fourth novel is rich in the emotional landscape of the untamed female heart…Rosoff’s vivid, pared-down style brings it closer to a kind of western…Every sentence is crafted and weighted with beauty, but it’s the intelligence and shaping sensibility with which the story is told that make it something special.”

    Times (London)

  • “Meg Rosoff is a wonderful, captivating writer—her evocation of place and time are pitch-perfect.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Pell Ridley will captivate the readers of this book.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • Winner of the 2010 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2014

    " My second Rosoff book. I like her writing, but she depresses me. In both books, things went horribly bad, there is a resolution of sorts and everyone lives resignedly ever after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this, finding it refreshingly different to my latest reads. I haven't read a bad Rosoff book yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lila | 1/28/2014

    " Perfect little gift of a story. With lots of animals and no animal deaths! Lovely audio reader too. Under the radar, Meg Rosoff continues to give me literary joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/27/2014

    " Another reviewer said that she never knows quite what to expect from Meg Rosoff, and I think that's really pretty much what it all boils down to. But I think it's fair to say that you can always expect elegant, spare writing that still somehow seems rich. She makes me think of Jeanette Winterson with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/24/2014

    " A poetically charged romance,full of thorny emotional dilemmas...compelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/21/2014

    " The reader of the audiobook has a lovely, soft voice. This book excels in atmosphere, and if I occasionally questioned Pell's motivation (or her seeming desire to make everything harder for herself), I still enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/20/2014

    " A Gil in the 1800's does not have any really good choices but manages to make a life for herself and her family because of her wit, beauty and skill with horses.worthwhile for the strong heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary Clarke | 12/21/2013

    " I like Meg Rosoff's books, she has a lovely style which appeals to me but I enjoyed her other books more than this one. Not to say I didn;t like this, I did, but I adored the others. Pell seems less rounded than the other characters in her books, and maybe it was me just not 'bonding' with her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Librarian Miss Armstrong | 12/2/2013

    " A love story but also an exciting adventure - the story of Pell and her journey with her horse to explore the secrets of her past and find her true love - or will she? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/9/2013

    " I started out really enjoying this book -- independent girl, loves horses, runs away to find herself, meets gypsies. Then, I didn't like the turn of character development, and stopped reading. I did finish, and am glad I did. Still, I had high hopes not realized. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 2/2/2013

    " this was extremely hard to get into, but it started getting better as it went by. But i wouldn't reeally recommend it, it was just okay.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marie | 11/12/2012

    " I had to force myself to finish this one. I didn't care about any of the characters and I kept getting confused as to which names were animals and which were people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennybeast | 8/17/2012

    " Kind of a funny story -- in a literary fiction of young adults kind of way. Not a huge amount of action, aside from a constant journey, but I loved the characters and the writing is wodnerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 7/17/2011

    " I love Meg Rosoff's writing style. At times I did find myself wanting something - anything good to happen for the feisty main character, but still I was drawn in to the adventure and loved the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/30/2011

    " Fascinating story, but I felt like it was missing something. Enjoyed it for the most part. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 5/20/2011

    " this was extremely hard to get into, but it started getting better as it went by. But i wouldn't reeally recommend it, it was just okay.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 5/18/2011

    " I didn't listen to it, but I can't find the regular version. I liked it, I liked the characters... but I don't feel like I know what she accomplished or what she became by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/9/2011

    " A good book for horsey readers, about a feminist girl in Victorian times who sets out to save her brothers and sisters and escape the drudgery of marriage as she views it. Well thought out with realistic outcomes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmeralda | 4/27/2011

    " This book was not what I expected; I thought that I would be reading a cutesy fairy tale, and the actual book is way more adventurous and imaginative! I think this book is a really good read, and although the ending was a bit sudden and unexpected, I thought that it was really good:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebz4 | 4/21/2011

    " I think this is one of those books you'll either love or hate. I was completely charmed by it, despite the somber storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 4/14/2011

    " lovelovelovelovelove this is the book of meg rosoff that I like the best "

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About the Author
Author Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff’s first novel, How I Live Now, won the Michael L. Printz Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and the Branford Boase Award for a First Novel. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the Carnegie Medal and is short listed for the Costa Award (formerly Whitbread). Born in Boston, she moved in 1989 to London, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is a critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.