Monday, June 20, 2016

Review of 'Whispering to Horses' {And a link to a Giveaway!}

Whispering to Horses is a delightful novella, and a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. I have not read any previous works by Thomas Nye, but it is clear he writes both from the heart as well as from first-hand knowledge about Amish to non-Amish friendships. It is extremely refreshing to read a fictional work that contains so many authentic elements!

The novella begins in the past, when life on the Amish farm wasn't very different from life on the neighbor's farm...neighbors who aren't Amish. If you love history, you'll enjoy the transformation that occurs over time, with one farm gaining a tractor, electricity, television, and many other conveniences. The differences become more apparent, and the Amish farm takes on a more isolated environment--it is the quiet among the busy, bustling neighborhood that has replaced the surrounding farmland.

Present day arrives, and the reader gets to see the interaction between Matt, who now lives in the modern home where his mom was raised, and the young Amish boy Eli, who lives on the farm where his grandparents and mom have lived. In many ways, Matt represents the future while Eli represents the past. Nye takes a deeper look at the "past v future" element, and flips it--as Matt's viewpoint changes (modern=cool past=lame), the reader's viewpoint changes, too. In addition, Nye adds a surprise twist that opens the door not just to potential romance for Matt, but also the potential for this novella to be the first in a series involving Matt and Eli. I don't want  to spoil any of that plot, but I do hope you get this book and discover the fun twist yourself.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review*
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About the Book
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An old fence separates a modern community from their Amish neighbors, until a little boy opens the gate and breaks down barriers between them. Main characters, Matt and Eli, find friendship, hope, and a future through a mutual need, which creates an opportunity for them to learn to understand each other. Eli and his little sisters will touch your heart by Whispering to Horses.

About the Author

thomasnyecroppedThomas Nye, author of the Amish Horses Book Series, Lives near an Amish community where he grew to know and respect his Amish neighbors. During grade school Thomas developed an interest in history and loved reading anything he could find about the 1800s. His love of farm, history, and horses all came together in real-life experiences with his Amish friends, who also happen to share his Christian faith.  He purchased draft horses from Amish farmers in his neighborhood and set out to learn the art of working with horses in harness.  After years of buying, selling, and trading work horses with Amish farmers in his community, Thomas had many wonderful memories of those experiences. His novels based on those adventures. Learn more about Thomas Nye on his website.


  1. Wow, LeAnne, you did a great job of summing up my novella! Thank you for the awesome review.

    1. Thank you so very much! It was truly an honor to read your book. And although I live in IL, I attended University of Iowa..but there wasn't a neat way to slip into my review how thrilled I was to know you live in Iowa City!! :)

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    1. Thank you! Sorry for the delayed response-somehow I missed your comment!