From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together - far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they've made and the scars they carry. Plumbing the depths of regret and forgiveness, The Language of Hoofbeats explores the strange alchemy that transforms a group of people into a family.
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Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker
I almost passed over this book because the premise seemed so simple. However from the first 5 minutes I could barely turn it off. The performance was excellent and the story had just enough unpredictable turns to keep my attention at a time when I was highly distractable. I expect I will remember it better than most of the 35-40 books I read and listen to each year.
The story itself is enjoyable, touching, and well paced. The narrators do an okay job with the adult voices, but the children's voices are difficult to listen to. The youngest child's voice is monotone and always shouting. The voice of the 13 year old boy sounds more like a middle aged man. A better narrator would have made this book a 5.
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
Star is a new girl in a new town where there is nothing for the town's teens to do and she has two moms. What's a girl to do? Why in the great tradition of girls and horses she gets tight with her new neighbors horse. The only trouble with the plan is the horse's owner Clementine; a woman seemingly angry with the world and everyone in it. Throw in the fact that Star does have two moms and a test of wills between the two of them begins. Though the two of them eventually begin to wear each other down an event occurs that will tear them even further apart.
This is the type of selection that makes any audiobook by Catherine Ryan Hyde worthy of some consideration. The relationships formed between people are the strength of this author's work and the ones between Star and Comet, (the horse) Star and Clementine are classic Ryan. The roles played by the mothers is understated as is the Sheriff's until the last quarter of the book. This is one of the better works of an excellent writer.
The book is about family with two mums and three foster kids moving to a new town and the ensuing turmoil when Star, a troubled teenager, steals their new and very difficult neighbour's horse. The story is told from the perpective of Clementine, the mean and abrasive neighbour and Jackie, one of the Forster parents. The story is beautifully written and read. The characters start to feel like friends and family as you get to know them. Highly recommend this book to all
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
This story was not as good as the two previous Ryan Hyde books I read/listened to. It had some parts that dragged a bit but I found myself more drawn in by the second half of the story. No sense in me summarizing the plot, Audible did an adequate job of it. Oh, okay, I will. Two lesbian foster parents deal with a messed up teen girl who steals the curmudgeon neighbor lady's neglected horse and threatens the happiness of their two other children (who are like no children I ever knew from the foster care system, saintly almost.)
You might enjoy this book if you like chick lit, you like kids and horses, you are a lesbian, or you have loved some of the authors other books. (It's really not a bad book.)
Additionally, the narrators did an excellent job which always adds to the listening experience.
nice to hear a story that deals with the reality of being human without the dark twists and turns of fantasy. great character development, I feel like I know these people.
I loved the characters the story was interesting I enjoyed the narrator . The voice was so pleasant and so I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
We have two POVs neither of them Star's. We get Clementine the bitter old woman and Jackie who seems to be more interested in her art, her lover and her fosters sons -- in that order -- while Star comes a long fourth. There could have been so much potential but I didn't like any of the adult characters although Clementine is more likable then Jackie or her lover.
The foster parents. Paula is more focused on her veterinarian practice, seems emotionally detached from everyone except her lover Jackie. Jackie is so submissive to Paula she keeps apologizing for any contrary thoughts or feelings she has about the decisions that Paula makes and impacts of their lives. She doesn't really want Star in the family, feels it's a mistake to have taken Star and this comes across in the interactions she has with the children.
The ending wasn't a surprise, the author telegraphed almost right from the start and while I'm glad things worked out for Star I can't help but feel she went through a lot of necessary grief to get their. If we'd been allowed Star's POV it might have worked out a lot better. Instead we get one tired out old woman and a tired out young woman. Clementine is interesting but at some points you could switch Jackie and Clem and I don't think it'd make much of a difference except that their preferences in partners are different.
I probably have but can't recall any at the moment.
All of one POV, either Clementine or Jackie's. I'm not sure which would be better. I would replace these cut POV chapters with Star POV chapters.
The summary sounded interesting. I wanted to like this book but this book is so uninspiring and the characters so lacking that I simply couldn't. I've read some real stinkers over the years and while this certainly isn't the worst book I deleted it and won't reread it.
Unabridged Book Reader
I am "missing" the characters in this book. I quickly started another book like I always do, but find when I turn my Kindle on in the morning, I'm a bit disappointed when I remember I am not going to hear about Comet anymore. Lots of difficult and interesting characters, each with their own troubles in life that all fed into the story as a whole. I would recommend this read...thought provoking.
"Heart Warming Story"
Yes, because it is such a heart warming story
Safe Harbour, because of it's positive message about good over bad.
Clem going out to speak to Star for the first time after she gets out of hospital, seeing her asleep on Comet's back.
A family is made from love not the people in it.
This was a very heart warming story showing how a lesbian couple can take on damaged kids and help them, plus be a great asset to the community.
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