A Story of Forgiveness


       Shiloh is a foster child. She is mad at the world, and everyone in it.

       Shiloh is a foster child. She is mad at the world, and everyone in it. She is tired of going from foster home to foster home, hearing the same words, over and over: "Too angry. We can't help her." She just wants to go back with her mom, even if she isn't taken care of there. In the middle of the night, every birthday, Shiloh waits for her mother's phone call. One call a year, and she isn't even supposed to have that.


       Dream of Night is a retired racehorse. He has been abused and neglected, just like Shiloh, and he hates the world too. He used to be able to run, and people loved him then. But his leg was injured, and he went from owner to owner, with one of them wanting him, until he was locked away.


       Jessalyn once fostered children, and horses. Now she is too old. She has a secret, a secret nobody knows, about what happened to her family. She is filled with sorrow and longing for what was once.


       Jessalyn wakes up one morning to a phone call from her friend, saying that she is needed for an "emergency". Somehow she ends up adopting an old, black racehorse, who was found locked in a barn with other hoses, left to die. The same day, she somehow end up with a foster girl. The girl can't be handled by anyone else, but the foster agency has hopes for Jess. The girl is named Shiloh, the horse Dream of Night.


       Jess is the last resort for both. Night can not survive anymore; if Jess can't care for him, he is scheduled to be euthanized. He's a wild horse, angry and provocative. Shiloh can't keep switching from foster home to foster home; she needs a place to stay immediately. Will Jess be able to help either of them? Will she be able to help herself? Or will Night be euthanized, Shiloh forgotten and alone, and Jessalyn lonely and depressed?


       Dream of Night is a wonderful book about hope, forgiveness, new beginnings, and learning to live with what has happened. Written by Heather Henson, the story is told from each of the three character's viewpoints. I would recommend this book to girls ages 10-14. The author gives little pieces of information about each character at a time, so the reader is suprised up until the very end. This is a great story of forgiveness and hope.