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If Wishes Were Horses: A Novel | [Robert Barclay]

If Wishes Were Horses: A Novel

Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive, and to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife's equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. By honoring her memory in this way, he hopes to find the sense of closure that has long eluded him.
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Publisher's Summary

In this unforgettable novel of love, hope, and second chances, a grieving man's personal plan for redemption is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down.

Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive and to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife's equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. By honoring her memory in this way, he hopes to find the sense of closure that has long eluded him.

But then Wyatt's pastor asks for the impossible—for Wyatt to meet with Gabby Powers, the widow of the man responsible for Wyatt's unbearable sorrow. Wyatt knows Gabby is not to blame for the tragedy, so when she begs him to accept her troubled teenage son, Trevor, into the program, he reluctantly agrees. With some help and guidance from Ram, Wyatt's irascible but lovable father, Wyatt does his best to accept Gabby and Trevor's unsettling presence at the ranch. Even so, Wyatt still feels that he is somehow betraying his late wife's memory rather than honoring it.

But to his great surprise, Wyatt also finds himself drawn to Gabby's warmth, tenderness, and surprising ability to soothe his troubled soul. Day after day, their mutual attraction becomes more intense, more impossible to ignore. But to heal completely, Wyatt and Gabby must first overcome the common tragedy that separates them and learn the true nature of forgiveness. Only by conquering these seeming impossibilitiescan their hearts become free to love each other.

©2011 Robert Newcomb (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Shannon Stayton, OR, United States 02-10-12
    Shannon Stayton, OR, United States 02-10-12
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    "You won't want to get out of the car!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story that really sucks you in! It's not very often I come across a book that I sit in my car to listen to even thought I'm where I wanted to go! Easy to listen too and not predictable whatsoever!


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    Valerie Lookout, CA, United States 02-14-12
    Valerie Lookout, CA, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "CHEEEZZZZEY!!!"
    What disappointed you about If Wishes Were Horses?

    I guess because I am a horse lover and the fact that I worked on a breeding farm for many years things that he said in the book were irritating. You cannot tell the sex of a foal with an ultrasound at late stage gestation. Horses don’t typically stand around in their stalls with bridles on, halters maybe but not bridles. And when foals are born, people DO NOT cut the umbilical cord! Just made the story a bit goofy and unbelievable.


    What could Robert Barclay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author should have done his research on horses if he wanted to have them as the backdrop for his book!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mike Chamberlain?

    He did fine


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    Pat EUGENE, OR, United States 10-14-12
    Pat EUGENE, OR, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    What would have made If Wishes Were Horses better?

    Seems to have been written by a sixth grader, story and dialog


    What was most disappointing about Robert Barclay’s story?

    too predictable, much like a soap opera


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