THE RUNAWAY HORSES by Joyce Kotzè

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The Runaway Horses gives a sharp portrait of a time overshadowed by larger events ahead… shows how war can devastate a family, no matter how determined its members are to hold together.
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Two sets of cousins, Boer and Brit, find their destinies inexorably intertwined in the politics and mayhem that led up to and encompassed the Anglo Boer War of 1899-1902. From Transvaal to Victorian England, the cousins form strong bonds, which are tested on the battlefields of South Africa. Martin de Winter, nurtured to lead his country of birth, Transvaal, into the twentieth century, instead finds himself excelling as a gifted young general, fighting a desperate war to keep his nation from ruins, all the while being haunted by his love for a British woman. James Henderson, cavalry officer, is forced by his father, a military aristocrat, to marry or face expulsion from his regiment. Bound for India, the regiment is diverted to South Africa to fight the Boers. James rides to glory and honor but is at the mercy of his loyalty to his country and his compassion for his Boer family. In the drawing rooms of Cape Town and Pretoria, Stefanie de Winter, celebrated pianist, is viewed from both sides with suspicion. Fiercely loyal to her brother Martin but in love with a British officer, she embarks on a dangerous path to keep them both. Dr. Charles Henderson tends to the slaughter on the battlefields. He is devastated by the willful destruction of his adopted country, Transvaal, and anguished by the part his brother, James, plays in this. Karel and Rudolf de Winter, twin brothers devoted to each other and their horses to the exclusion of all else, fight a battle against the bullet that might separate them forever. Through anger, injustice, and betrayal, the family discovers that there is a force stronger than war. They only have to call on it to find that love transcends all.
 

About Joyce Kotzè

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Joyce Kotze was nurtured on tales of individuals in times of war, her forefathers having fought in the major conflicts of the twentieth century, her grandfathers as young men on opposite sides in the Boer War. She grew up in Namibia, studied in Cape Town, and worked as a radiographer on the conflict-torn borders of Southern Africa. She is an avid reader of good literature, poetry, and history and lives in a small village north of Cape Town with her husband and dogs. She is now working on a story set in WWI about South Africans in Delville Wood.
 
Published February 26, 2015 by Jonathan Ball Publishers. 586 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Amy Edelman on May 22 2013

The Runaway Horses gives a sharp portrait of a time overshadowed by larger events ahead… shows how war can devastate a family, no matter how determined its members are to hold together.

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