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Coming Home (Heartland #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  5,311 Ratings  ·  313 Reviews
Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels.Some of our books may have slightly worn corners, and minor creases to the covers. Plea ...more
Published September 15th 2000 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2000)
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Apr 27, 2011 Trine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the first time when I was around 9 or 10 I think. I remember the book vividly though because I loved it so much. I don't think now 10 or 11 years after that I would enjoy it and think it is that amazing, simply because I am just that much older now, but the book together with the others in the series just has had a serious impact on my life. Ever since I started horseback riding at the age of 10 I have aimed to use the same methods as Amy does. I still ride today and I have ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reread
Read this entire series as a kid. Loved them all. Plan to reread this year!
Nov 25, 2011 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horse girls who want a series
I recently encountered the television series and was curious about the book series that spawned it. The TV series in some ways improves on the books. Both are wholesome and good family fare.

For decades I've accepted the stereotype that adolescent girls are attracted to horses because they're big and powerful and somewhat threatening but with care and training they can be loving beasts... unlike the other beasts that fascinate girls of that age, teenaged boys. I feel that this book doesn't cater
Put this down 1 star since I first read it a few years ago, because Amy's emotions didn't annoy me as much back then, but I still really enjoyed it. I recently went on a horse trek after not riding a horse for years and it's put me back in horsey mode :p Not good. I'm happy I read this book though. The heart feels - both happy and sad and angry. Is it weird how I think (view spoiler) and (view spoiler) I kind of like Matt though. He s ...more
Alyssa Adamczyk
Sep 30, 2013 Alyssa Adamczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming Home is the first book to the Heartland novels series, written by Lauren Brooke. A 14 year old girl named Amy has a huge passion for horses. With her mother’s help, she is learning skills on how to take more care of horses and how to “horse whisper” while also giving her attention to the other farm animals at Heartland, a sanctuary for horse that have been exposed to emotional and physical harm. But when her mother is killed in a terrible trailer accident, Amy has to grow up quickly, and ...more
Darth Olive
Found this and the next two in the series in my closet (I must have got them when I was a kid; I vaguely remember reading the first two) and decided to give it a read through before I sold it at the used bookstore.

Verdict: well-researched, badly written. The horse-related info is good--it's very nice to see Monty Roberts' techniques used and acknowledged. For that reason alone I might have liked this book if everything else hadn't been awful. The only other thing that interested me, Amy's relat
Nov 08, 2010 Kayleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#1 Heartland, Coming Home
Posted on December 14, 2010 by kayleighc18111680
Book Review: Heartland

By: Lauren Brooke

Book Reviewed by: Kayleigh C

“Do you wish that a frightened or abused horse can learn to trust again? Do you wish that a horse’s scars of the past can be healed again?” If you do, heartland is the perfect stable for you. Where you will meet a special person in Heartland- Marion. She can teach you in Heartland. She uses special methods- love.

The story begins when Amy, the daughter of Mar
Joy H.
Sep 30, 2016 Joy H. marked it as watched-film-only  ·  review of another edition
Added 9/30/16. (first published January 1st 2000)

I'm streaming Heartland (TV Series) Season 1, Episode 1, "Coming Home".

Based on novels created by Lauren Brooke
Coming Home - "This powerful series follows Amy Fleming through the loss of her mother and her struggle to continue the work at Heartland-a refuge for abused and abandoned horses."
"about a 15-year-old girl named Amy Fleming, who lives in Virginia on a horse r
Feb 03, 2009 Shaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horse girls who want a better series
This is my review for the entire series. I generally stay away from horse girl series and formulated paperbacks but this was an exception. I read through the series, in middle school starting with the 8th. Reading them in order is not particularly important because there's enough background given in any book. The series is about Amy, whose Mother dies in a car crash. Her mother started a horse farm called Heartland that rehabilitates horses physically and mentally. Amy decides to keep the farm r ...more
May 09, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the majority of this series when I was in elementary school. I can't speak to the writing, as I don't remember it too vividly. What I will say is that the books resonated with 10 year old me because they were about a girl who was dedicated to horses, even the ones nobody else believed in. Amy isn't rich; she doesn't have all the nicest riding clothes and she doesn't go to shows every weekend. I was the same way; I took lessons at a stable with girls who had it all and took great comfort r ...more
Dec 22, 2009 Savannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me this book is very interesting and i like this book alot! The book has a lot of excitement. When i read this book i wanted to keep reading because it makes you want to keep reading more and more. It does this because they keep excitement in it and when you are reading there is never a boring part in this book the author keeps you hooked in. This book has to be one of my favorite books.
So, I might be a little obsessed with the Canadian TV show based on this series, so of course I had to give the books a try as well. There are definitely a few differences so far, but the show has the same heart as the books do, for sure. I enjoyed it, and I'll probably read more of these at some point.
Sep 03, 2015 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I started watching the TV show and I figured I should read the books. It is about a girl who is trying to manage her mom's horse ranch after her mom died. It is a fun and dramatic book to read.
Jan 16, 2009 Hallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. I can relate to amy a lot. I have a hose name ranger and his past was terrible. We had to grt red of him to a place where he could run free. Amy losses her mother in a car reck and she can't let go.
Jun 29, 2014 (ha)Ley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read one of the Heartland books in third grade, but never finished it. It wasn't that great. I don't really remember it, so I can't write a full, more detailed review. I just remember not really enjoying it.
May 24, 2012 Miquaelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love heartland both the tv series and the books. they are totally different but still amaze me. Heartland forever!!!
Mar 03, 2016 Rianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Aug 26, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the series!
May 23, 2012 Juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, specifically horse loving teens
A GREAT book. really emotional and inspiring. as a horse enthusiast and equestrian i would recommend this book to ANYONE, i enjoyed it cover to cover.
Chiara (delicate eternity)
A beautiful series, a good read for any lover of horses.
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Nov 06, 2016 Review Stable rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heartland
This review will encompass the entirety of the Heartland series that I have been able to get through (up to Book 6).. It may be edited if I decide to continue.

This series may have spawned a successful TV show, but that doesn't by any means make it any good.

Heartland is easily one of the worst series I have ever made the mistake of wasting money on. I honestly don't know where to begin, so I'll just jump right in and go step by step.

First of all, the biggest problem: the characters. Amy is a h
Tashai Marriott
i watch the series and now i would love to read the books
Adrienne Rifenburg
it was a very good book
Sep 21, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horse lovers and anyone looking for good YA drama
I first discovered this book (and the first two sequels) through a book order at school when I was 11. This was at the height of my horse obsession, when I was certain I was going to be the next Monty Roberts when I grew up. About half a chapter into Coming Home I knew I was going to love the book, and I was right. I got my mom to start reading the series and she loved it too. I also loved the second and third books, and bought each of the next books as soon as they came out. This was by far my ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Kendall rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Jacklin
Amy's mother gets in a car crash she is very hurt and dies all because she was trying to save a horse that Amy told her needed to be helped. Amy felt it was all her fault she should have saved the horse all by herself maybe her mother wouldn't have died if she would have done it but she didn't and she felt really bad. Amy decides that she has to take care of spartan the horse her mom died for and its a hassle at first spartan is scared of many things he got beat and was locked away during light ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 03, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amy Flemming is a 15 year old girl, living on a ranch named Heartland. Amy lives there with her mom, and her grandpa. Amy finds this horse and she insists to save it. Amy and her mom go out and gets the horse, on their way home they rolled into the ditch. Sadly Amy's mom did not make it. Amy was in the hospital for weeks, with four broken ribs. Amy's sister Lou lived in New York and came back to settle some things. Amy was frustrated, she felt that Lou only came back for business, and after she ...more
Kaley Ridge
Jul 20, 2015 Kaley Ridge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lost my dad when I was 11 years old. I struggled a lot with it especially throughout the first year. I had an English teacher when I was 12 years old who saw this sadness/wreck inside of me. She got me to open up and talk to her about it and she handed me this book. Told me she thought I would enjoy it. I had never been much into reading but I gave it a try. This book/series started to refill me after being empty for so long with the first book starting off with Amy Fleming losing her mother ( ...more
I got this first book in the HEARTLAND series after getting hooked on the TV show on Netflix. I was very happy with the story and writing style in this first book. I have a couple of very young granddaughters whom I believe will eventually become hooked on reading these books. I definitely want to encourage reading, and I believe these books will be winners for them.

Book one introduces the characters living on the Heartland horse farm for sick, injured, and emotionally needy horses. The mom, Mar
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Lauren Brooke grew up in a ranch in Virginia and now lives in Leicestershire, England. Her husband is a veterinarian who specializes in horses. Her books have been published by Scholastic since Mid-2000, starting with the first book of the Heartland book series. The first book of her popular Chestnut Hill series was published in 2005.

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Heartland (1 - 10 of 29 books)
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