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The Filly Escaping into the fantasy of his books when he's not working in the general store Ethan Keller has lived a sheltered life in his mother's boarding house One day an enigmatic cowboy passing through the small Texas town takes an immediate liking to the shy seventeen year old 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 He never knew that this kind of love even existed; and now for the two of them to make a life together in the untamed west they must face nearly insurmountable odds if they are to survive Seventeen year old Ethan Keller live a simple life spending his days working as a clerk in his small town's generals store and evenings at his widowed mother's boarding house dinner table 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 All that changes when a charismatic and persistent young cowboy named Travis Cain walks into his lifeSensing a kindred spirit Travis dares Ethan to dream beyond that which he's ever dared and soon convinces Ethan to sign on to the Hayward Ranch's summer cattle drive During the journey from Texas to Cheyenne Ethan and Travis test the limits of their endurance explore the bonds of true friendship and discover a love that will eventually risk everything they hold dearIn THE FILLY author Mark R 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 There were a few times when I was jarred from the narrative by an inconsistency of language a bit of cardboard characterization among many of the novels secondary players and an ending that came too abruptly for my personal tastes These factors were far outweighed though by the depth and sensitivity in Mr Probst's depiction of Ethan Travis and their relationship Originally posted at TeensReadToocom 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 in common with your dad's favorite Western novel than Brokeback Mountain And that's a good thing The world of the young shop clerk Ethan Keller and ranch hand Travis Cain is a vivid Technicolor creation that harkens back to the Western films of Hollywood's Golden Age I've never been a fan of Westerns in literature or films but was pleasantly surprised at how uickly Probst's breezy style and likeable characters drew me in The writing itself is sturdy masculine and free of flourishes making it perfectly suited to the genre And while he tends to paint in broad strokes the settings he describes the general store the boisterous saloon a spinster schoolmarm's genteel parlor the Rocky Mountain vistas are all so iconic it's impossible not to picture them perfectly in your mind 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 A refreshing change in this day and age when it seems most modern romances involve the couple falling into bed first and love later Both protagonists are well developed and complicated particularly the adorable Ethan an upright bookish young man who struggles to understand his desire for Travis at a time when homosexuality was never spoken of But it's with some of the secondary characters that Probst really shines 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 The book is broken into three major sections the first dealing with Ethan's life at home and the second chronicling the treacherous 900 mile cattle drive I must admit I got the most pleasure from these In part three the story takes on a darker tone and the author injects a bit of Twenty First Century proselytizing that the book might've been better served without Nonetheless let me just say without giving away the ending overall the story left me pleased and satisfied And definitely eager for from this budding talent This was actually a very sweet slow moving coming of age story set in the early 1800s It's about two young men one that is just learning about himself and those around him and another that seems to be a drifter but in all actuality is trying to find someone just like himself to share his life with Set in old fashioned small town Texas we read a lot about good hardworking book smart 17 yr old Ethan; Willy Ethan's older tough and troublemaking brother; their mother who has been raising her boys on her own for a while; and other VERY interesting supporting characters All Ethan really wants in life is to save up his work money to buy a young horse of his own Then we are introduced to Travis a young wanderer who comes into town looking for work as a cattle rustler He reads as much older but in actuality is only just past 21 Ethan falls in love with Travis's mare Cleo and finds himself taking a second glance or two at Travis as well The story is separated into 3 parts each having a major event to work through The first starts out meandering and slow getting us familiar with all the major players The second is adventurous taking us on the trail of a cattle drive from Texas up to Wyoming and the third is all about growth and life challenges in the days of the old west This story kind of snuck up on me and had me wanting to see exactly how all could possibly turn out for these two There was much sadness and tears and when I finished I didn’t know if I was mad or just relieved but it definitely had me on a roller coaster There is no on page sex and the story is told in such a way as to be very appropriate for YA as well as adult readers After wiping away my tears and putting away my mad I am most definitely ready to recommend this story to anyone that's ready for a real good coming–of age western love story Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToocomSeventeen year old Ethan Keller lives a simple life spending his days working as a clerk in his small town's general store and his evenings at his widowed mother's boarding house dinner table Ethan's never considered a life beyond the sheltered reach of a dutiful second son trying to keep his older brother Willie out of trouble finding snippets of time to indulge his love of reading and dreaming of buying a colt or filly of his own some day All of that changes when a charismatic and persistent young cowboy named Travis Cain walks into his life Sensing a kindred spirit Travis dares Ethan to dream beyond that which he's ever dared and soon convinces Ethan to sign on to the Hayward Ranch's summer cattle drive During the journey from Texas to Cheyenne Ethan and Travis test the limits of their endurance explore the bonds of true friendship and discover a love that will eventually risk everything they hold dear In THE FILLY author Mark R 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 There were a few times when I was jarred from the narrative by an inconsistency of language a bit of cardboard characterization among many of the novel's secondary players and an ending that came too abruptly for my personal taste but these factors were far outweighed by the depth and sensitivity in Mr Probst's depictions of Ethan Travis and their relationship

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Filly
  • Mark R. Probst
  • English
  • 04 May 2014
  • 9780979777301

About the Author: Mark R. Probst

Mark R Probst lives in Washington State works in the computer industry and writes in his spare time He is an avid movie buff and has a special admiration for the Western films of the classic era He’s had a life long interest in writing but didn’t become published until 2007His favorite novels are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Maurice and Gone with the Wind


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