If Wishes Were Horses: A Novel
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If Wishes Were Horses: A Novel

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In this unforgettable novel of love, hope, and second chances, a grieving man's personal plan for redemption is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down . . . .

If Wishes Were Horses

Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive, and to love again. S...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 1st 2010)
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
This book was difficult for me to fully enjoy. Once Trevor stepped foot on the horse ranch it was like he was magically transformed into a thoughtful, exuberant teen in practically the blink of an eye. There is plenty of conflict and excitement, but much of it stretched my capacity to suspend disbelief to the limit. There are moments of tenderness and moments of laughter, and honestly, the story-telling flowed smoothly, but, for me, the whole believability factor was just lacking. Conflicts, ang...more
Charlotte
If Wishes Were Horses is a story about love, redemption, forgiveness, family, and peace.

It has been five years since Jason Powers drove drunk and forever changed the lives of two families. Not only did he kill himself, but he killed the wife and daughter of business man, Wyatt Blaine.

It has been five years and Wyatt is ready to re-open the equine therapy program for troubled teens that was his late wife's pride and joy. When his Minister asks him a favor, let the teen son of Jason Power's into t...more
Courtney
I wanted to like this book, but I don't think I did. It tells the story of Wyatt, a widowed man whose wife and son were killed by a drunk driver. He runs a horse ranch, as well as a horse therapy program for troubled teens. Joining the program are the ex-wife and son of the drunk driver. The three of them show animosity at first but predictably all get along really well. I didn't think this was well-written; it definitely read like a first novel. There were unnecessary descriptions. The entire s...more
Terri
Knew most of the plot from reading the first chapter. Really predictable. Author likes to throw in 'big' words now and then and it doesn't fit in with most of the writing. Had to read the "maybe I love too ardently.." bit a couple times. The story line is actually enjoyable, but I feel it's written to pull emotions from the reader, the emotions don't just come with the story. Sure can't figure out Ram's alzeheimer symptoms...seems like they appear when needed in the narrative. Otherwise, he's ne...more
Glenda
Wyatt Blaine's life is unexpectedly turned upside down on his 35th birthday when his wife and son are killed by a drunk driver. Devastated by their deaths, five years later he remains unable to forgive or to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife's equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch.
But then Wyatt's pastor asks for the impossible—for Wyatt to meet with Gabby Powers, the widow of the man responsible for the accident & a...more
Jenn Baker
I saw this book at my local Borders just before it closed. Because I had already picked up a couple of books and didn't have enough money to get anything else, I scanned the ISBN with my phone and put on my To Be Read list. I recently checked it out from the library, and I was not disappointed.

Much like I did with Nicholas Evans' Horse Whisperer in 1995, I was drawn to this book not by it's cover blurb, but because it had a horse on the cover. I know. A book shouldn't be judged by it's cover, bu...more
WifeMomKnitter
Per the book synopsis:

"Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, Wyatt Blaine is searching for a reason to go on. Unable to find any sense of peace, he turns to one of his late wife Krista's passions, running an equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. As Wyatt prepares to restart the program, he hopes to put old wounds behind him, and to find new purpose in his shattered life.

But then Gabby Powers, the widow of the man re
...more
Laurie
Gabrielle Powers is a school teacher and single parent in a small town where everybody knows everybody else’s business. She is concerned about her fourteen-year-old son, Trevor. Trevor is having trouble at school, his grades are falling, and he seems morose and sometimes belligerent. When Trevor gets in trouble for fighting at school he is almost expelled, but then the angry teen is given one last opportunity.

As a tribute to his deceased, beloved wife, Krista, wealthy landowner and lawyer, Wyatt...more
Barbara
The blurb pronounces this book as "unforgettable" but I disagree. Not only is this book forgettable, but the lead characters are cardboard and the plot meanders along.

The opening chapter sets up the book's premise: Wyatt Blaine's adored wife and son, Krista and Danny, are injured in a drunk driving accident and subsequently die. The drunk driver, Jason Powers, also dies. Wyatt is unable to assuage his grief and decides to restart his late wife's equine therapy program in hopes of helping others...more
Grace
Apr 13, 2011 Grace rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any wone who loves a good love story.
Recommended to Grace by: Eve Cournoyer
Shelves: secular-fiction
Great book... The characters are so real that you will fell like you were there walking the ranch grounds with them. I could not put it down I laughed a lot and shed a few tears but I am so glad that I read it.

A summery of the book....

In this unforgettable novel of love, hope, and second chances, a grieving man's personal plan for redemption is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down . . .

Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, Wyatt Blaine r...more
Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

I don't want to do this, but I'm afraid I have no choice. The premise of If Wishes Were Horses intrigued me and it could have been great, but it fell flatter than a pancake for me.

This was a cheesy chick flick type novel that felt over the top with cariacture characters, forced plot and dialogue. On the cover it is compared to Nicholas Sparks, who I've never read before, so can't comment, but I hope they mean the story of love and redemption. I've seen The Not...more
Carol  MacInnis
Wayatt Blaine's 35th birthday party was in full swing as his wife, Krista and young son Danny, left to get ice cream for Wyatt. A short time later the phone rang with the devastating news that Krista and Danny's car had been hit by a drunk driver and they both died on the way to the hospital. Wyatt would carry the guilt of their deaths with him for sending Krista and their son out that fateful night. Wyatt decided to leave his job as partner at his father's law firm, Blaine & Blaine to move...more
Mel
I was first intrigued by the cover of this novel--there's something mysterious and enchanting about it, to my mind. While the novel is somewhat predictable and does read somewhat like a Nicholas Sparks novel (which is not a criticism, just an observation), I found myself loving the characters Barclay created for this novel. The way the main characters Wyatt and Gabby work through their painful shared history (each on opposite sides of the accident that took the lives of Wyatt's wife & son an...more
Nancy
"Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, Wyatt Blaine is searching for a reason to go on. Unable to find any sense of peace, he turns to one of his late wife Krista's passions, running an equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. As Wyatt prepares to restart the program, he hopes to put old wounds behind him, and to find new purpose in his shattered life.

But then Gabby Powers, the widow of the man responsible for Wyatt's...more
Alison Powell
The characters in the book were very well rounded, but I noticed that they had a lot of problems letting go of the past which bothered me, but when the Blaine family and Gabby and Trevor finally figure out how they think they were meant to live the rest of their lives since the incident in the beginning of the book, the book really gets tied together and everyone seems to recover from the ups and the downs.
I wish the book had just a little bit more background information to who the people were...more
Melissa
I picked this book up over the weekend because the cover and story seemed intriguing and it was a Nicholas Sparks type novel. I read this story in two days and loved it!

Wyatt and Gabby are bound by tragedy when Gabby's husband drives drunk and kills Wyatt's wife and son. Five years after the accident, Wyatt decides to revive his late wife's program "New Beginnings" which helps troubled teens by combining therapy and horses. Gabby's rebellious fourteen year old son Trevor is accepted into the pro...more
Lisa
May 18, 2011 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: All You Magazine
CHEESY! The only reason I didn't give this one star is that it was easy to read and amusing to roll my eyes at all the cheese! The author obviously wanted to write a love story but had no idea how to do it. On page 10 the "lovers" have never met yet there is a strong attraction. Page 322 the "lovers" have never spent more than an hour together, yet they have never felt a stronger love. Just because the author wrote it doesn't make the reader feel it. I thought this story was going to be more abo...more
Carolyn
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Sarah Spelbring
Apart from the mistake about where Deadwood is, it's not a bad book, but it isn't great either. The plot was anti-climatic, due to the face the author resolved the main conflict and yet the story continued for a few more chapters. Not that it wasn't interesting, but I kept wondering why he would continue the story after that.

I dunno, I guess I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this book.
AvidReader47
For those of you who love Nicholas Sparks will devour Robert Barclay's "If Wishes Were Horses." Filled with faith, love, hope, and the power of forgiveness the intertwined story of Wyatt Blaine, Gabby and Trevor MacPhereson will have you grabbing for tissues. Set in Boca Raton, Florida (being my home town made it even better), Wyatt loses his wife and son in a tragic accident involving Gabby's husband. Still grieving, Wyatt decides to fulfill his late wife's dream of having a horse therapy progr...more
Kit
About 2.5 stars. I listened to the audio version. Some good quotes in this one, an enjoyable story but the events were predictable. Lovely setting and had some mild twists, not very complex. I was surprised how many different books have this same title!
Megan
if wishes were horses was a cute novel. not my favorite, but i'm more of a paranormal romance kinda girl. this was a very nice novel, well written, and it made the right kinds of sacrifices in the end. Ram we knew would die. and it was cruel to have Mercy living the way she was. the only deaths was i really disgruntled over were the three horses that died in the fire and Sadie's death. Especially because Trevor was the one who had to shoot her. i have no sympathy for the old man though, and no i...more
Liz Covert
This story could have been sooo much better! I ended up disappointed over and over, yet I loved the story line so much I had to keep reading. The plot was one hundred percent presented in the first chapter. There were no surprises, it was extremely predictable, and everything turned out a little too perfect. And yet, I loved the story and cared what happened to almost every one of the characters. This author has a lot of potential. I just wish the "good guys" weren't so perfect. This story was a...more
Kristin Tabke
This is like "Horse Whisperer" but not as good.Very Nicolas Sparks. It was a quick and easy summer read. You know what is going to happen the whole time, but entertaining anyway.
Allyson
If Wishes Were Horses was very good and surprising! The poor guy lost his wife and young son from a car crash that happens to be from a woman's dead husband. She is asking for help from him because his wife used to do this thing for troubled kids so they can be happy and excited. They have to be in school to do this because she was trying to get kids to do their work in school. For me, this reminded me of when I had to get my brother interested in school so he can get good grades and do good in...more
Sharon Murray
While the ending was a foregone conclusion, getting there was a lovely experience. I enjoyed the characters and their issues along the way.
Emily
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Amanda
This was a great idea by a writer who isn't quite there yet. For me this book was a bit long and it felt like it didn't have to be. I really liked the concept and I love horses so it held my interest, but the love story aspect of it needed work. Some of the writing felt a bit juvenile to me; there was lots of dialogue, but it felt like the author was running out of ways to express that someone was talking. There was a lot of, "(so-and-so) answered," and, "(so-and-so) answered back," and that mad...more
Katyogradyaol.com
Predictable cheesy love story. Big revelations toward end very anti-climatic
Kathleen Smith
I also received this book through Early Readers and really wanted to like it as I was drawn to it. I am not quite done and I find myself wishing I was. I keep hoping that something will happen so I will love it. There are many slow moving characters in the book, many not believable. The language going on in Trevor's head is so not that of a teen age boy. His character with all of his angst is dull, as is Gabby. The only one I had any connection with is Ram, the matriarch of the family...Please l...more
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