The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
File Size: 3553 KB
Print Length: 344 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 9, 2014)
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together—far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they’ve made and the scars they carry.
Plumbing the depths of regret and forgiveness, The Language of Hoofbeats explores the strange alchemy that transforms a group of people into a family.
The story will remind you that family isn’t always blood or cookie cutter. Sometimes family is a mix of the people you choose to share your life and love with. There are quite a few subjects that will pull at your heart and make you hug those you love a little tighter.
Jackie and Paula are both great characters, and so are the kids the take in, even though they all have their own issues. Clementine rubbed me the wrong way for most of the book but she finally came to her senses and won me over. I also loved reading the parts with the horse. It made me sad when Comet was first introduced into the story because of the way it was housed etc., but I loved when Jackie and Paula’s daughter bonded with the horse.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a really good book about family. Loved it!!