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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauraine Snelling Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455187911
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When an accident brought Maggie Roberts unimaginable tragedy, she found herself in prison grieving for the loss of her family and her old life and facing the daunting challenges of threatening fellow inmates. During the course of her ten-year sentence, she coped by keeping to herself and avoiding interacting with others. But in her last few months inside, when given the chance to work with retired Thoroughbred horses, she found a renewed purpose in life. Now she’s faced with the transition back into society, starting over yet again and alone in the world.

Gil Winters is a single father seeking a new form of therapy for his wheelchair-bound son, Edward. Confined to his own prison of doubt and distrust, he still struggles daily with the memory of being abandoned by first his mother and then his drug-addicted ex-wife. But as he gets to know Maggie during his son’s therapy sessions with her horses, the issues of trust and old wounds that haunt both Maggie and Gil begin to fade.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This complex horse-centered romance gets a warm, fuzzy audio treatment…Pam Ward manages to beautifully express Maggie’s life, suggesting her powerful emotions of hope, fear, distrust, and love…Ward is equally adept at reading male, female, and child roles. Her poignant pacing allows listeners to fully empathize with Maggie and Gil’s emotions.”

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  • “[A] heartwarming story of love, loss, and second chances for humans and animals.”

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  • “[A] tale of faith, forgiveness, and starting over.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karol Anderson | 2/15/2014

    " Great book! I am too quick to judge someone who has been convicted of a crime as a "bad" person and I think I might be like Gil and not want my child around an ex-con without truly knowing the circumstances or the person. Of course it has horses & faith so its gotta be good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noelle McCoy | 1/17/2014

    " it was a story about horses...I couldn't resist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Rambousek | 1/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Because of the horse it was different in nature of what I usually read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/13/2014

    " A sweet story, no bad guys, no bad language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 12/28/2013

    " It took awhile for me to get into this book. Perhaps it's because the initial setting of the book is a women's prison....not something I can relate to very well. Maybe, it's just the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 12/13/2013

    " Liked the book as a whole. Didn't really care for the ending it felt really rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/11/2013

    " This was not one of Lauraine Snellings best books but I still enjoyed it. It's about a lady who goes to prison for seven years for killing two people in a car accident. The story line was a little weak and very predictable but I still thought the book was an okay read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/9/2013

    " This was a quick read, feel good book. If you like horses this is for you! A sweet book on forgiveness and the ability to rise above our mistakes and make something more of ourselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 4/17/2013

    " A good horse book about learning to trust, how life can change in an instant, and how we can begin a new life through second chances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/28/2013

    " One of my favorite authors. She builds a story around animal rescue groups, specifically a program in New York that rescues Race Horses and in the process provides therapy to prison women who participate in the rehabilitation of the horses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/18/2012

    " Absolutely loved this story. I wish it would be made into a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristan Anne | 12/7/2012

    " Good story, but I felt like it finished in a hurry. I think there needed to be a little more development to the romantic part of the story. It was pretty obvious where it was going though so I wasn't too disappointed. I'll probably read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 8/10/2012

    " This was a beautiful story of trust, healing, and forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Comer | 7/24/2012

    " I enjoyed the wholesome nature of this book. I am happy to recommend it to my daughter who loves horses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tishia (Paranormal Opinion) | 4/19/2012

    " This was not really my type of book, but it was a good story. It's actually scary to be reminded that one bad decision could drastically change your life. I think this is supposed to be an uplifting book, but I still feel sad for the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 4/12/2012

    " I would recommend this book. It was interesting to follow the main character's healing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 1/20/2012

    " I loved this book. The frightening aspect that a single moment can change our lives and take us down a path we would never have believed we would find ourselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Brents | 1/11/2012

    " Great Book. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judie | 11/27/2011

    " The story caught my interest immediately. I thought the romantic interest needed more development to go where it went. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 7/27/2011

    " was ok.. not as good as some "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 4/12/2011

    " A sweet story, no bad guys, no bad language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristan Anne | 3/25/2011

    " Good story, but I felt like it finished in a hurry. I think there needed to be a little more development to the romantic part of the story. It was pretty obvious where it was going though so I wasn't too disappointed. I'll probably read more from this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 3/2/2011

    " It took awhile for me to get into this book. Perhaps it's because the initial setting of the book is a women's prison....not something I can relate to very well. Maybe, it's just the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tishia (Paranormal Opinion) | 7/19/2010

    " This was not really my type of book, but it was a good story. It's actually scary to be reminded that one bad decision could drastically change your life. I think this is supposed to be an uplifting book, but I still feel sad for the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 6/28/2010

    " I loved this book. The frightening aspect that a single moment can change our lives and take us down a path we would never have believed we would find ourselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 3/30/2010

    " This was a beautiful story of trust, healing, and forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 7/22/2009

    " I would recommend this book. It was interesting to follow the main character's healing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judie | 4/14/2009

    " The story caught my interest immediately. I thought the romantic interest needed more development to go where it went. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 4/6/2009

    " Really enjoyed this book. Because of the horse it was different in nature of what I usually read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/10/2008

    " This was not one of Lauraine Snellings best books but I still enjoyed it. It's about a lady who goes to prison for seven years for killing two people in a car accident. The story line was a little weak and very predictable but I still thought the book was an okay read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/3/2008

    " I enjoyed the wholesome nature of this book. I am happy to recommend it to my daughter who loves horses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/22/2008

    " One of my favorite authors. She builds a story around animal rescue groups, specifically a program in New York that rescues Race Horses and in the process provides therapy to prison women who participate in the rehabilitation of the horses. "

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About the Author
Author Lauraine SnellingLauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists, and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.
About the Narrator

Pam Ward found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. The fact that she can work with Blackstone Audio from the beauty of the mountains of Southern Oregon is an unexpected bonus. Her audiobook narration has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.