This is the second book in the Little Britches series. I loved it. There are some sad parts and some hard parts and a lot of love and sacrifices in a family after their dad dies. The boy needs to grow up fast and take on responsibilities like earning money and caring for his mom, siblings, the livestock...he tries to get out of going to school but his mom insists that he get an education instead of working all the time. She is inspired to start home businesses that pay the rent and make ends meet. The boy always works hard and has a great reputation for being good with horses. I loved this book almost as well as the first. I already read the 3rd book by accident last year and it was good too!