After a little more coaxing and convincing, I picked it up and delved in. OMG... it was AMAZING. For such a big book, I soon found I'd finished it. The whole entire ginormous paperback. Gasping for more, I headed to the local charity book shop and whooped for joy when I found the sequel - The Valley of Horses.
Hard to put down, this is one of those series that leaves you desperately wanting Hollywood to make the movie. 'Oh but they did', I was told. 'Back in 1986 with Daryl Hannah'. Apparently it bombed. Such a shame. Hollywood... it's time for a grand re-make!
The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Valley of Horses
One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.