Snow Foal by @sbaileywriter

When eleven-year-old Addie goes to stay with a foster-care family on a remote Exmoor farm in the midst of a very cold winter, she is full of hurt, anger and a deep mistrust of everyone around her. Until one day, when she rescues a tiny wild foal from the moorland snow and Addie discovers that perhaps she’s not so alone after all.

And as adventure and unexpected friendship blossom, Addie is determined that both of them will know what is to be home again soon . . .

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[Everything around him was changed: white, shifting, silent]

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(Egmont, 14 November 2019, 304 pages, paperback, copy from @AmazonUK #AmazonVine)

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I’d never heard of the author before but was in the mood for a nice heart-warning book for a change. I was not disappointed. Snow Foal is a delight to read, the perfect story to warm your heart in the winter. I got swept up in this book and fell in love with Exmoor, the farm, the characters and especially the foal. Addie is a great character. She felt so real I wanted to wrap my arms around her and shelter her. She shows great bravery for someone so young. She just wants to be with her Mam and resents all attempts to keep them from each other even if it is for the good of both of them. Addie sees herself in the foal and projects her own fear and loneliness on it. I loved the way Addie develops across the book as the foal starts to melt her hurt and mistrust. This was a treat.

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