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...as I didn't think I would find it interesting. I actually bought it to read because it was on sale. That's how much I didn't think I'd like it. Well, I was quite wrong about that! I enjoyed meeting the characters- good, bad, difficult, funny, and rough. I doubted the story line, a woman in prison about to finish her sentence who ends up working with disabled and damaged race horses would get or hold my attention. I loved the development of the main characters and all of the extras. Of course, there are characters I didn't like, but their development was also well done. I loved the life in the young boy confined to a wheelchair - his faith and determination is as strong as is his smile and ability to win people and horses over. His dad is heart-damaged but loves him and is very protective over him. They end up with this beautiful and previously extremely angry horse, as well as the woman who worked with him in prison, who came along to help the boy ride and care for the horse. The transition for all of them, and the housekeeper/friend was a great read. The transition of the main character though, from prison and silence to a world of color, fragrance, words and freedom, even to smile, was well told. Her loss had been great and her sentence difficult to live through. Worth the read. Very much so. Glad I read it!!! I usually thoroughly enjoy this author's books and was pleased to find this one joined the others I've read by her.
I learned to ride 10 years ago after surviving Stage 3 ovarian cancer. Since then I have owned 3 rescue horses and have embraced natural horsemanship. My experiences have paralleled the characters in this book closely and I loved the accuracy of the many subjects that the author wove into the story. I work with a horse rescue as well. I want to thank Lauraine for writing a wonderful story of hope and healing.
Really liked this book, kept my attention right from the start. I have always liked this author's books, my only complaint is the ending seemed rushed, I thought maybe Maggie should have Dennis so she could have closure with that part of her life, also would have liked to see how it played out living as a family.
Lauraine Snelling has been one of my long-time favorites. This book was heartwarming, inspirational , and a definite page-turner. I loved the characters, the plot, and the author's writing style. This was one I hated to see end. I've always loved her historical fiction, and now I'm a fan of her contemporary stories as well.
This book was not at all what I had expected. I have not read a book in awhile that I did not want to end but this one could have gone on for a few more chapters. Loved the characters and information on horses. It is a book I will keep and read again and again. First book I have read by this author but will not be the last.
Lovely and believable story of new beginnings. Wonderfully crafted story of forgiveness and starting over. I like that the story was about someone who took responsibility for their actions and moved forward to a better life.