I’ll start right off by saying that The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde will be one of my favorite books of 2014 – I loved it, especially the audio version! It is narrated by two of my favorite narrators – Kate Rudd and Laural Merlington who I adore and they do such an amazing job of bringing these characters and this story to life. The Language of Hoofbeats is a beautiful story of love and hope and how both of those things can mend a broken spirit.
Jackie and Paula have just moved to a small town with their adopted son Quinn and two teen foster kids Mondo and Star who has several issues. It isn’t long before they get a rude introduction to their neighbor Clementine who very much disapproves of the lifestyle they are living. Things are made worse by Star who notices that the horse that Clementine owns isn’t being properly cared for or taken out to run. Needless to say Clementine resents Star and the bond she shares with the horse with a passion and forbids Star from even going on her property. Star, being the troubled teen that she is, takes it upon herself to run off with the horse believing it’s the best thing for Comet. In turn Jackie, Paula, and Clementine are thrown together and as time goes on they all have to confront the past and present in order to move on meanwhile learning that you never really know what lies behind a person’s harsh personality and that sometimes love and understanding go a long way to healing that person.
I couldn’t say enough good things about this book to fit in my review. I loved the characters. Jackie and Paula are a wonderful couple who work so well together to give their kids a good home. The kids were awesome especially Quinn who seemed so sweet and vulnerable. I even liked Clementine no matter how nasty she got. I actually found her amusing at times and what I liked most about her was her willingness to finally look inside herself and open up to the world beyond her own little house. The novel itself is an emotional and beautifully told story that captured my heart. I could feel the turmoil of these characters and most of all I could see myself having them in my life – that’s how real they seemed to me. It’s simply a brilliant story that I enjoyed so very much!
There are some novels that stay with you, in your heart and mind – The Language of Hoofbeats is one of those novels for me. Highly recommended!
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I love the title a and cover must try this one. Hope u have been doing well Dar
Diane, it is a great cover and title isn’t it? I think that alone would make me stop and pick this one up. Things have been ok. I just got over the flu and I’m dealing with some other stuff but all in all ok. I hope you and your family are well. I’ve gotten so bad with visiting blogs but I’m going to try hard to improve in the new year.
This sounds like a powerful story. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I hope you and Sammy are doing well.
Kathy, this book is so good. I loved it. Sammy and I are doing pretty well. I just got over the flu bug which wasn’t pleasant but at least I’m feeling better for Christmas. I hope you, Carl, and Vance will have a great Christmas.
Heather J @ TLC Book Tours says
“I couldn’t say enough good things about this book to fit in my review.” THAT is the kind of review I love to read – where a book is just so incredibly perfect for a reader. I love it!
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