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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
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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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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-06-12

Oh Well

This 38 year old woman, loses her job, finds out her husband is leaving her for a 23 year old bombshell and that her 15 year old daughter is about to be expelled from school all in one day. Her response is pretty much, Oh Well, Que sera. It is not until she finds a tattoo on her daughters boob, that she seems to show much emotion.

In the author's defense, we find out later that she is 1. Rich, 2. Not in love with her husband and 3. Has never disciplined her daughter thus leading to this Que Sera response to these things. In the four hours that I listened we find out that all she cares about is herself and horses.

After reading Water For Elephants I was eager to read another book by Gruen. This turned out to be her debut novel and not meant for my taste. It is actually well written, but it seems to be written for a different audience. Horse lovers might like it and adult women who have yet to mature. This did not have good reviews when I bought it and I should have know better. I will only listen to more Gruen, if I see she get reviews similar to Water For Elephants.

The narrator was good.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Pauline on 05-15-08

Painful to the ear

I was so excited when I saw another Sara Gruen novel available on Audible that I immediately downloaded this book. I didn't even bother to read any reviews of the book, a mistake I am not likely to make again. I recently listened to Water for Elephants, and it is one of my favorite books of all time. It is hard to believe that the same author wrote Riding Lessons. There is a great story surrounding the horses, and the first chapter is well written and certainly grabs your attention. However, the main character, Annemarie, quickly begins to get on your nerves. She is constantly making incredibly bad decisions, followed by hysterics when the decisions lead to undesired consequences. I didn't read the book, but the narrator's rendition of Annemarie's hysterics are truly painful to the ear. Many times during the 11 hours of the book, I had the urge to slap some sense into the non-existent Annemarie. The other people in her life are equally annoying, from her bratty daughter, to her withdrawn mother, and her ex-husband. All in all, I would save my audio credits for something else.

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