Laura Hesse con Valentino: A thrilling adventure survival story - think The Black Stallion meets Castaway (The Holiday Series Book 5) (English Edition)
A blind girl and a Haida boy struggle to survive after being shipwrecked on opposites sides of a desolate island.
Two worlds collide when a Native boy and a blind girl are thrust into extreme circumstances after being shipwrecked on opposite sides of a desolate island on the west coast of British Columbia in the middle of winter.
While young blind girl, Maddie, must rely on providence, her guide dog, and an abandoned horse to help her survive, August has a wealth of cultural heritage and survival skills to draw from. While Maddie’s faith in herself appears endless, August’s personal demons continue to haunt him.
All too soon, Maddie’s luck runs out and her sense of humor and unending never-quit attitude fail her, leaving her to wonder if she can carry on. Her prayers are answered when the horse she has named Valentino leads her to the meadow where August is setting snares. August is enchanted by the pretty teen, quickly embracing the role of sole provider, until roles are reversed after a tragic accident leaves August in dire need of medical attention.
While the two teens struggle just to survive, their families struggle with hope and belief in a higher power. The Pete family have a strong set of Haida beliefs and turn to visions and guidance from their ancestors to get through the hard times, while Maddie’s family struggles with faith and hope as a hole.
Determination, perseverance, hope, and friendship are the cornerstones of this story.
This story was inspired by true events including the dramatic rescue of a woman who was shipwrecked on the west coast of Haida Gwaii for ten days, the amazing spirit of a blind girl named Maddie M. whose sense of humour in the face of adversity is legendary to all who know her, coupled with the true story of Will, the horse that got left behind on Jedidiah Island when the island was donated to BC Parks.
This is the last book in The Holiday Series. It is designed as a stand alone.