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The Horsemaster's Daughter (Calhoun Chronicles #2)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,589 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Once a privileged son of the South, Hunter Calhoun now stands a widower shadowed by the scandal of his wife's death. Burying himself in his success with breeding Thoroughbred racehorses, he's left his family to crumble and forgotten how to comfort his grieving children.

When a prized stallion arrives from Ireland crazed and unridable, Hunter is forced to seek help for the
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 1999)
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May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-in-2009
Picked this up at half-price books while turning in others. I thought it had the makings for a good story: horses and romance. Sounded great. That was before the 2 person rule went into effect. The writer clearly violates the rule, and the story is just not that good, and neither is the writing. Or else I'm simply getting bored with just these 2 people (alone on an island yet), so we don't even have a variety of locations. Another problem with 2 character stories, writers don't engage in dialog ...more
Though The Horsemaster's Daughter had its moments, it ultimately fell far short imho.

I liked the beginning of the book, which introduces troubled Southern gentleman Hunter Calhoun as he drinks to get the courage to shoot his recently purchased wild stallion, and along with it, shatter all the dreams he had of turning his decrepit plantation into a thoroughbred breeding farm.

At the eleventh hour, he is convinced to sail to an isolated island where a horsemaster of unsurpassed skill is rumored to
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
3 stars

I picked this up mainly for the horse elements, which were well written. I could not stand Hunter - what a selfish, immature ass. He has, for all but two chapters, the emotional depth of a pebble. He did not hesitate to scorn Eliza's upbringing, often calling her ignorant, and certainly not suitable material for a wife, because, you know, he's WAY TOO good for her. I did like Eliza - she refused to let the poor treatment of Hunter's society friends get to her, and instead gave back with e
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Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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This book had such potential, but then the author filled it up with stereotypical tripe about Virginia and the South.

I started to dislike the heroine (Eliza) pretty much from the beginning. She says something to Hunter (the hero) like, "You're from Virginia. You actually expect me to believe you're against slavery?" As if EVERY Virginian owned a slave. That really irritated me because the fact of the matter is that most Southerners did NOT own slaves. The heroine also goes on several prissy rant
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs
My reading choices have always varied in genre. It’s truly important for me to alternate from fiction to mystery/thriller to romance novel because I enjoy diving into a different world with each genre.
Lately the so-called established romance writers seem to disappoint me a little: same here with the Horsemaster’s Daughter by Susan Wiggs. It was cute and heartwarming at times, but mostly predictable. I waited for something to truly captivate me, but it never happened. As for the lead characters,
Alexandra Robertson
This book was okay. That's about it. Overall it was predictable, with aggravating characters, and absolutely no climax. The book floated along until it was over and the conflict between the main characters was resolved like it was nothing and then completely forgotten about. The female lead in the book was interesting and I feel like the story could have been good, but the lack of conflict in the end and the caveman of a male lead were too much. The I liked the first one in the series when i rea ...more
Ayanna Smith
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I hate the fact that the lead male has children, this was done wonderfully! My heart was with those children along their journey to recovery. (view spoiler)
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, this book really pulled at me. I was almost at the end before I had to leave for work but didn't get to finish it and due to the point where I stopped, I was depressed all day. I couldn't stop thinking about the book, and I actually hurt for the characters. It was weird how much it affected me, really. Not sure why. Anyway, it was really good.
Kellee Farr
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I opened this book and fell in love. I knew I would. Susan Wiggs is a master at her craft! Using complex human nature in her characters to draw out true emotion in her readers. Thank you for, once again, drawing me into your world and gifting my quest for distraction into heartfelt reality. I loved this book!
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just really wasn't a fan :( This book had so much potential, but I finished it only out of idle curiosity, not genuine interest in the characters.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow, and not as richly written as some of Susan Wigg's other historical novels. When looked at contextually, I love the storyline and cultural topics she introduces. I wish the male protagonist was more fully developed, and that we could have learned more about the female protagonist's backstory and family. for a slightly-longer than novella early in her writing career: quite good
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 1/2 if this book was dry, predictable, and boring. I enjoyed the last portion. I can't say it is a full 3 maybe more if a 2 1/2 ☆s
Think this is the second time I read it, although I remembered it slightly differently. Pleasant enough bit of fluff. Hero inherits a bankrupt plantation and when his wife finds out she leaves him, taking the 2 kids with her. He spends a while drinking and selling off slaves. Set in VA. Somehow he starts a horse farm, stud services, and builds a racetrack. Buys a horse sight unseen from Ireland and that horse is one angry, vengeful, pissed off equine.

He hears of a horse whisperer on some remote
This had an interesting twist the normal Historical Romance in that the heroine, Eliza, was not the typical helplesss female of the 1850's. She was raised by her father, and the 2 of them were all alone on an island off the coast of Virigina. She knew next to nothing about her mother, and all she really knew about her father's past was that he used to be a famous/successful horse trainer and horserace jockey. Hunter Colhoun is a tabbaco plantation landowner but due to his father leaving the esta ...more
Blodeuedd Finland

When it comes to the other book, The Horsemaster's Daughter, well then I prefer the first somewhat more. They are both ok, but I guess I just go for sea stories sometime, even if he was not a pirate. She wants him, he wants her, but he is rich, and she is nothing. But she goes with him to take care of his horses.

There was a twist in this one, well dunno if it was a twist when it was so obvious. But I liked it. This story is much about healing, not just the horse, but his children too, and also h
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Calhoun Chronicles, brings another one of the Calhoun men. Hunter Calhoun is a widower after the tragic death of his wife. There are two children to raise, one who hasn't spoken since her death. His life, his dreams and the relationship with his children has crumbled apart. He buys a stallion from Ireland who is now crazed and he is ready to shoot it until he seeks help from the Horsemaster himself. Supposedly he has special powers to tame the wildest beast. Eliza Fylte is ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
I found this story to be both satisfying and difficult to read. Susan Wiggs always does such a fantastic job of character development and interaction. This was no exception. Hunter turned to alcohol to escape his problems and spent much of the book under the influence. I found this sad and difficult to read. He was really a sorry character until he lost what really mattered to him. Eliza however was a joy to read about. She was very balanced and confident. I loved that she was not afraid to be h ...more
Nancy Brady
This is the first novel I've read by this author. Classifying it as historical romance, it tells the story of a man, his horse, and the somewhat unconventional woman who tamed them both. Eliza has learned the ways of gentling horses from her recently deceased father and now lives alone on an island. Hunter Calhoun takes his recently acquired, extremely skittish and fearful Irish race horse to her father, rather than destroy the animal. He finds her instead and their time together changes them bo ...more
Anya Zub
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Wiggs and insomnia are a match made in heaven for me. I was putting off reading this because I love The Charm School so much - I'm glad I waited and at the same time this was a very satisfying read.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out a bit slow for me, but once I got into it and stuck with it, it ended up being a really enjoyable read! I liked Eliza quite a bit. She had a strong spirit. Her relationship with the children, Belinda and Blue, was very sweet. I liked her caring nature. Sometimes Hunter got on my nerves, but he was a tortured soul of a hero, so I suppose that's how the author wanted us to feel at times. My only issue with this story was that the reason for Blue's mutism was touched on and ye ...more
Rachel Rogers
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Charm School and maybe a bit weeker than that one though still a very enjoyable read. When I learned that Hunter's story was to come I was ambivalent, thinking it would be a back together story with he and Lacey (who did not strike me as worthwhile in her brief appearance in Charm School). No, that's not it. Oddly, I was halfway through the story about Blue and Isabel (? Summer Affair?) when I started this. Having now read this story I'm more inclined to finish the other which had been ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bello! Bei personaggi, scrittura fluente, romantico al punto giusto. Tutto quello che si vuole da un romance. E dire che l'ho letto in italiano che solitamente mi soddisfa sempre meno dell'originale (anche perchè nelle versioni italiane , lo sappiamo, vengono quasi sempre operati tagli.
Se devo trovargli un difetto, forse la fine è un po' affrettata e si arriva ad appianare i problemi in modo fin troppo facile, a mio avviso. Però i primi tre quarti del romanzo sono proprio soddisfacenti. Un libr
This book is slightly different from other historical romance books I have read in the past. The history around their lives is more influential and not just providing the backdrop for the story. Susan Wiggs writes in such a way that you feel as though you are an outsider watching everything unfold before your very eyes. The ending is appropriate and although quick it does not feel rushed in its telling. There are many themes in this book and each person will find something different to take away ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Considerably weaker than the first book Charm School , this book has all the elements of a good romance, but with too many caveats to make it great. With a heroine who's a little **too** perfect, a hero who's a little **too** Alpha-Alcoholic, and a pair of plot moppets that I liked a whole lot better when one didn't speak, the story just didn't mesh. I appreciated the connection to The Tempest, but I felt positively bludgeoned to death by the references and meta-Tempestualness.

Overall, a big MEH
Divya Kilikar
Aug 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given it three, maybe even four (or maybe not) if it hadn't been for the fact that the first half of the book was too predictable, as some other reviewers here agree. It was just typical romantic stuff between two people alone on an island. I mean, there was no thrill. I found myself guessing correctly what most of the pages would say, and I got bored. But the second half of the book was pretty okay, I suppose and hence, two stars.
Cristina Contilli
"La vita era fatta così, penso Blué. Un misto di luce e di buio che si rincorrono senza fine. Bisogna imparare ad aspettare che il sole penetri tra le nubi. E, se si è pazienti, succede sempre."

E' il primo libro che leggo di questa autrice e l'ho trovato rosa e avventuroso insieme. Mi è anche piaciuto il riferimento al fatto che le differenze sociali spesso possono essere spesso più forti e più radicate dei sentimenti, ma qui siamo in un rosa e l'amore alla fine (per fortuna) trionfa.

LPL Staff Reviews
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers and Horse lovers
I’m a guy who prefers to call a Romance Novel a Limerent Fugue: or, a "short melody" about certain aspects of first-attraction. Susan Wiggs has accomplished a nice limerent fugue here, showing how attraction may overcome misunderstandings and problems in life -- and not following the standard knee-jerk mantra (thank god) of insisting that such misunderstandings/problems be directly connected to the lovers. A nice study of new-found love in a hard world.

Richard N.
Mahon Branch
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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Calhoun Chronicles (5 books)
  • The Charm School (Calhoun Chronicles #1)
  • Halfway to Heaven (Calhoun Chronicles #3)
  • Enchanted Afternoon (Calhoun Chronicles #4)
  • A Summer Affair (Calhoun Chronicles #5)

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