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The Language of Hoofbeats

The Language of Hoofbeats - Catherine Ryan Hyde

By Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN: 9781477824689
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pub Date 12/9/2014
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 Stars


A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, an emotional story of regret, forgiveness and love. As always, Hyde explores non-traditional families, with flawed characters—offering a strong heartwarming message and takeaway of triumph over tragedy.

Paula and Jackie Archer-Cummings are a legally married lesbian couple who have adopted one child, Quinn, and fostering Starr and Mando, plus dogs and cats. Pat is a veterinarian and her wife, Jackie is a stay at home mom. They are moving from their home in Napa Valley to a rural town in Northern California.

Starr, their fifteen year old foster teen (has only been with them for three weeks), is angry and rebellious and when they move to the new location, she falls in love with the beautiful horse, Comet, who is owned by a neighbor. She feels he is suffering from neglect and is very protective.

The neighbors, Clementine and Vernon had a daughter who died, Tina; Comet is the only thing they have left of their daughter. Clementine is an angry, nosy, bitter, narrow-minded, mean and miserable woman. She takes out her frustration on the couple and their children; complaining about their lifestyle and children, and demands them to stay away from her horse.

Star takes Comet and runs away, and this of course, adds fuel to the fire, for Jackie/Paula, as Clementine is furious and they in turn, are concerned for their daughter. What happens during and after is a life learning lesson, which pulls everyone together.

A heartfelt and poignant story with lovable and not so lovable characters. I enjoyed the relationship of Paula/Jackie and loved the J-Mom/P-Mom, hearing from alternating voices of Clementine and Jackie.

A huge fan of Hyde, would recommend all her books, as enjoy how she crosses multi-generations, making her books appealing to all ages and crosses a mix of genres, from young adult, coming of age, women’s fiction, contemporary, LGBT, suspense, and family drama.

If you enjoyed this one, would recommend Take Me With You, one of my favorites. 



Read My Review

By Catherine Ryan Hyde 

ISBN: 9781477820018

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication Date: July 22, 2014 

Format:  e-book

My Rating:  5 Stars


Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1099312989