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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.
I was expecting only an interesting historical romance and was shocked by the depth of subject matter in this book and the genuinely knowledgeable discussion of classical dressage. The horse isn't a major character in his own right as he might be in a marketed "horse story," he's more of a set piece or environmental element, but the horsemanship is accurate and there are some brilliant discussions about the relation between rider and horse that brought tears to my eyes as an lifelong horsewoman. The narration was excellent with great French accents and the writing moved me deeply. There are a couple places I felt the book could have been improved by the author better explaining why her characters are making seemingly stupid moves but those are at least clarified in the end and overall I felt the book was excellent. Well worth the download!
This book took me by surprise. JoJo Moyes write a beautiful story with accurate details and a phenomenal ending. This is probably the best book I have purchased in 2016. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good story about horses and he loves a good story.
The journey I traveled while reading this book was an absolute joy! I didn't want to stop reading, yet I dreaded the ride's ending. Now that it has, I know I will just listen to it again sometime and enjoy it all over again!
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.