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Publisher's Summary

As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished.

Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home to her dying father's New Hampshire horse farm. Jobless and abandoned, she is bringing her troubled teenage daughter to this place of pain and memory, where ghosts of an unresolved youth still haunt the fields and stables - and where hope lives in the eyes of the handsome, gentle veterinarian Annemarie loved as a girl...and in the seductive allure of a trainer with a magic touch.

But everything will change yet again with one glimpse of a white striped gelding startlingly similar to the one Annemarie lost in another lifetime. And an obsession is born that could shatter her fragile world.

©2004 Sara Gruen; (P)2008 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"So exquisitely written it's hard to believe that its also a debut." (Booklist)
"A moving story of loss, survival and renewal." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not long enough!

This is a really good story that ended too quickly. That is the best thing I can say about a book.

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 10-12-11

Excuse my Language ...she's a stupid witch!

Like others have said, this is not Water For Elephants. The main character is self-centered. Anything she does wrong or stupid, she has an excuse for. Anything anyone else does that is 1) as she asked or 2) wrong or stupid -- she shreiks about! And as much as I disliked (hugely) that part of the story, this is where the narration did its best. She screamed and ranted for Anne Marie as it would have sounded in real life, I imagine. Amazingly, for all her obnoxiousness (and this is the worst part of the story), everything ends happily ever after. She doesn't change a thing and -- poof! -- it all comes out wonderful in the end. I don't get it. I wish my life could be like that.

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Ideal escape into one horsewoman's life

As I read this person's account of her traumatic and challenging adventures, I BECAME her. My reading times transported me out of myself and my own routines and problems, which I greatly enjoyed.

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  • andrew
  • cambridge, MA, United States
  • 08-22-08

shrill

I usually like an unlikeable protagonist .yes Anne Marie was selfish and shallow .I didn't mind that but whining ,screeching and droning I can live without

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good writing/bad reading

I enjoyed the story line of this book - although it was very difficult for me to sympathize with the protagonist. She seemed to bring the world down on herself and just did stupid things constantly. The reader of this book may have contributed to my lack of sympathy for the protagonist. It felt like her reading and relationship to the characters were a bit too forced. It was a good book since I had nothing else to do but drive, but it isn't one I'd listen to again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Toni
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 06-16-10

Infuriating

OMG. I found myself screaming at the stupidity of this woman. The only saving grace was the narrator. She was excellent!! I've never wanted a book to end so fast in my life and the saddest part is I couldn't stop listening to it because I needed to hear what next dumb thing she would do.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So So

I think I would have maybe enjoyed this book if I had read it. Although I thought the main character was incredibly stupid. The real clincher for the low rating was the reader's dramatics and screeching. She just really grated on my nerves.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful