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This book is incredibly interesting. I had a hard time getting into the story at the beginning, but once past the first chapter I was hooked. I am a horse person, so I was able to follow all the details regarding the classical dressage, if you are not a dressage person or at least a horse person with vague knowledge of things such as the piaffe some of the jargon may make it hard to imagine what is going on.
However the book is very much a coming of age, with extremely well written charter development and evolution - but not just for the main character, it develops and evolves several characters in real life situations and hardships.
I adored this book and highly recommend to my fellow horse people.
Enjoyed this thoroughly. I'm a horsey person, and was pleased that the equestrian references had been well researched and written. And it's a great story. Although I did have the urge to slap the characters every now and then as they all kept so many secrets, but if there had been open and honest dialogue there would not have been any story to speak of.
The relationship between Sarah and her beloved horse touched my heart. I am a horse lover and a horse owner and understand the lengths this sad child went through to protect him. The description of the training was so precise and yet understandable to the non- horse person. I love that people who do not spend their days with horses can come to understand even a tiny bit of what goes into true horsemanship.
Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Listened to it all in one day. I guess I'm not as particular as other reviewers as I enjoyed the narrator and wasn't bothered by accents. The author painted a very visual picture of all the characters including the horse. As I am a horse lover and love the art of dressage, I enjoyed the emphasis on the quotes from Xenophon. The were an integral part of the book. Also loved the emphasis on photography and the descriptions of the important photos throughout the book. The twists and turns had just the right amount of frustration and resolution. Loved the ending and epilogue!
I own horses and this story hit the pit of my heart! For anyone that owns or wants a horse, please read it. The narration at the beginning was a bit difficult to understand due to the accents but hang in there and you will not want to put it down.
I have enjoyed every book she had written, but I think this one is my favorite. The only problem is that I came to the end of it and now need to find something equally good to listen to. The narrator was excellent as well.
I liked the. idea of the story but the wife was very whiney and the characters kept misunderstanding each others feelings. i had to fast forward through it to the better parts.
This novel reaches much further and deeper then a typical girl and her horse story. The author skillfully creates a story about struggle and loss. Each character quickly becomes someone you either don't like or someone you find yourself rooting on. Issues of pain and hope carry the story along keeping you wondering what might happen next. It was never predictable and it held my interest all the way to the last page. For the horse lover, there is a coming of age.story with a horseback journey through England and France that is so well written that I found myself rereading several phrases just to enjoy the the way the author would paint a picture or describe a moment. Ultimately I found this story to be about the fragile attachments we have as people stemming back into generations and how no matter how old we are that if we are honest with ourselves we can find the hope to heal
I will definitely be reading more of JoJo's books and I highly recommend "The Horse Dancer" to anyone looking for a great read. I also listened to the audio book and the narrator is spot on excellent. A perfect performance for the telling of this story