…overwhelming me with pride (ha) and happiness!
The American Library Association gives Bitter Springs a thumbs up (oh my gosh, libraries are so important to me).
“This is a very moving novel, expertly written with much dialogue, and sage third-person commentary. The author’s character development is superb, especially regarding Renaldo and Henry, but also including Renaldo’s many relatives. She also offers fine and technically-accurate descriptions of the horses in their midst.”
“Simple, clean storytelling and an uncomplicated plot keep the story quietly intimate. Stone (The Bones of You) walks the fine line of keeping her protagonists traditionally masculine but never posturingly macho, and they’re often vulnerable with each other and gentle with the horses.”
My favorite bit, though, is “a scene of Renaldo teaching Hank Spanish endearments is particularly delightful.” Y’all, I’m not going to lie to you. Some of that Spanish is straight up dirty talk. And you should add that to your vocabulary STAT. Haha.
I think this deserves a nice bottle of wine to celebrate. (So grateful!)