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IF WISHES WERE HORSES
ROBERT BARCLAY
ISBN: 978-0-06-196688-0
Feb 2011
William Morrow an Imprint of HarperCollins
www.harpercollins.com
Hardcover / Ebook
$21.99 US / $9.99
400 Pages
Fiction
Rating: 3 Cups

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 Blaine decides to resume an equine therapy program for troubled teens. He hopes that by doing this he will finally find some closure and relief from the overwhelming burden of guilt he carries for the senseless tragedy that took the lives of Krista and his young son five years previously.

Wyatt is manipulated into accepting Trevor into the twelve-week horse therapy program by the reverend of the church he and Gabby both attend. Trevor is also angry about being forced to enroll, and he mistakenly blames Krista for the accident that killed his father five years earlier. Gabby finds Wyatt incredibly attractive, but also aloof and enigmatic. She is warned repeatedly to guard her heart because Wyatt is so lost and damaged.

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, anger, and hatred seem often to be resolved with a few choice sentences. Toward the end, I felt the book was finally coming to a satisfactory conclusion, but then a final twist and tease occurred that, frankly, made me grit my teeth in frustration. I especially would have liked to have learned more about the beautiful horses. The book maintained my interest while I was reading it, and, for the most part, I enjoyed it, but at the end I was disappointed that I never felt the connection to the characters that I hoped to feel.

Laurie
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

 

 

 

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