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Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen
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Nov 04, 12

bookshelves: chicklit, horses, animals
Read in October, 2012

*re-reading 10/12*

oh, horses. i do love them. the writing stood up, which was nice to see. i love the idea of harry, of eve and flicka . . . mutti and - i wish there was more resolution with regards to annemarie and pappa. i still didn't like how that ended. i don't feel like there was peace. i wanted her to bring him to the stall with his carrots. i liked jean-phillipe better.

of course, i went out and rode my horse after finishing this. someday he might be balanced enough to complete even a training level dressage test! ;)

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first read: july 1, 2007

uh, so yeah, i kind of got side-tracked when i realized gruen had written books about horses.

this is the story of annemarie, who was an olympic caliber eventer at 18, before a horrible accident.

but more, it's kind of a coming of age story for a woman who was allowed to escape. gruen's writing is so fluid and smooth, the story just keeps moving. it's equal parts mystery, chicklit, and quality fiction, with a good dose of horse in there.

it just left me with a good feeling, and not like it was too pat or ridiculous, like so many beach blonde books. it was a happy ending, but it was somehow believable. i might be biased though, because most people reading would gloss over the description of the horse doing a piaffe and canter pirouttes, my mind could visualize it so clearly.
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