The Filly

The Filly

by Mark R. Probst

Ethan is intrigued by the attention, and the cowboy eventually charms him into signing on to a 900-mile cattle drive.

Ethan soon finds that his feelings for this cowboy run deeper than just friendship.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Rating: 3.64
  • Pages: 224
  • Publish Date: October 12th 2007 by Cheyenne Publishing
  • Isbn10: 0979777305
  • Isbn13: 9780979777301

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Believe it or not, Mark Probst's charming debut novel about a couple of gay cowboys who fall in love on a cross country cattle drive has a lot more in common with your dad's favorite Western novel than Brokeback Mountain. The downright wholesome love story between the two main characters develops slowly with just enough tension to keep the reader turning pages in sweet anticipation of the inevitable. Miss Peet, the lonely school teacher who shares her love of books with Ethan and hopes to share her life with Travis, and Willie, Ethan's ne'er-do-well older brother, both take surprising, uncharacteristic, turns late in the story that prove them to be multi-dimensional real-to-life human beings.

This was actually a very sweet, slow moving coming of age story set in the early 1800s. All Ethan really wants in life is to save up his work money to buy a young horse of his own.

Probst combines the tender beauty of love - be it the blossoming romance between two young men at a time when the only term to characterize their relationship came in the form of Biblical condemnation, the fierce protectiveness of families for their own, or friendships forged in the most dire of circumstances - with the gritty, bare-boned realism of life in the old west.

This coming-of-age story transported me back in time into a classical Western time, though, even if the main characters form an untraditional union. I really had a great time with the book and cared a lot for the wonderful main characters.

Mark Probst is an author with a marvellously rich imagination, and his first novel, The Filly, is proof positive of this statement. Therefore, it is not surprising that he is intrigued by a handsome, worldly cowboy named Travis Cain, who comes riding through looking for work. The two other central characters are Miss Peet, Ethans former schoolmistress, and his older, sibling brother William. The real turning point in the novel comes when Travis convinces Ethan to join him on a 900-hundred-mile cattle drive. Strong points: Mark Probsts imagination and his obvious understanding and dedication to western lore; his characterizationfor they are all good strong characters, and also his courage to undertake his first novel.

Ethan's never considered a life beyond the sheltered reach of a dutiful second son trying to keep older brother Willie out of trouble, finding snippets of time to indulge his love of reading and dreaming buying a colt or filly of his own some day. Probst combines the tender beauty of love--be it the blossoming romance between two young men at a time when the only term to characterize their relationship came in the form of Biblical condemnation, the fierce protectiveness of families for their own, or friendships forged in the most dire circumstance--with the gritty, bare-boned realism of life in the old west.

WELL....I wanted to read this book because I do love westerns and Gay Romance. Hoop Skirts: I highly doubt in smaller cities and towns women who worked and lived on farms would likely not wear them opting for petticoats instead. Restaurants?: I would think most smaller towns wouldn't necessarily have a "French or Italian" restaurant.