Title: Haji’s Exile
Author: Alan Chin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Nathan and Yousef
POV: 1st Person
Setting: Bitter Coffee Ranch
Nathan has cared for horses all his life, but Haji is the first he’ll train on his own. When the Arabian stallion arrives at Bitter Coffee Ranch, Nathan thinks he is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And then he lays eyes on Haji’s handler, Yousef. Nathan has much to learn about horses, about pride, and about love, but with the ranch’s hopes riding on Haji, he’ll also learn that all things have their price.
In Haji’s Exile, Nathan is ready to start training his first horse on his own. He thinks that he knows everything there is to train a horse but soon learns that not all horses are the same. At 18 Nathan must learn that all things and people are not the same and Yousef will be the one who teaches him.
Yousef is the handler that travelled with Haji from his native land. He will be the one who shows Nathan that a gentle hand must be used when working with Haji. Yousef will also be the one who shows Nathan that love and hope can be found in the most unlikely places.
I have read all of Alan Chin’s work, and he did not disappointment with this short story. He creates very genuine characters who leave the reader believing they could be living next door.
Reviewed By: Vonda