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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Barclay Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this unforgettable novel of love, hope, and second chances, a grieving man's personal plan for redemption is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down . . . .

If Wishes Were Horses

Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive, and to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife's equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. By honoring her memory in this way, he hopes to find the sense of closure that has long eluded him.

But then Wyatt's pastor asks for the impossible—for Wyatt to meet with Gabby Powers, the widow of the man responsible for Wyatt's unbearable sorrow. Wyatt knows Gabby is not to blame for the tragedy, so when she begs him to accept her troubled teenage son, Trevor, into the program, he reluctantly agrees. With some help and guidance from Ram, Wyatt's irascible but lovable father, Wyatt does his best to accept Gabby and Trevor's unsettling presence at the ranch. Even so, Wyatt still feels that he is somehow betraying his late wife's memory rather than honoring it.

But to his great surprise, Wyatt also finds himself drawn to Gabby's warmth, tenderness, and surprising ability to soothe his troubled soul. Day after day, their mutual attraction becomes more intense, more impossible to ignore. But to heal completely, Wyatt and Gabby must first overcome the common tragedy that separates them and learn the true nature of forgiveness. And only by conquering these seeming impossibilities might their hearts become free to love each other . . . .

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  • If Wishes Were Horses is chock full of wonderful characters. The novel is a moving one, at turns poignant, sad, dramatic, amusing, and hopeful.”  

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Will satisfy fans of sweet romances and tender family sagas… Mr. Barclay weaves a quiet tale about people with hearts of gold, each barely coping with inner demons or tragic circumstances, who learn that they need one another in order to find redemption.”  

    NY Journal of Books

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Loretta | 1/24/2014

    " A good book with lots of very involved different relationships happening. The theme of forgiveness is prevelant. All ends well. I did think the ending seemed a little dragged out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/23/2014

    " CHEESY! The only reason I didn't give this one star is that it was easy to read and amusing to roll my eyes at all the cheese! The author obviously wanted to write a love story but had no idea how to do it. On page 10 the "lovers" have never met yet there is a strong attraction. Page 322 the "lovers" have never spent more than an hour together, yet they have never felt a stronger love. Just because the author wrote it doesn't make the reader feel it. I thought this story was going to be more about the horse therapy, but the only thing associated there was mucking the stalls and rewarding the boy for calling another girl stupid during therapy. Again, it makes no sense, but the author needed the boy to win the award, so he just threw in a story. I almost wish someone else would read it so we could talk about all the improbabilities of this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rachel | 1/22/2014

    " I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get through it... It was too predictable and the characters were too cliched..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fred | 1/16/2014

    " I was attracted to the equine therapy/ Florida ranch theme. Turns out to be poorly written chick lit, a romance novel with inadequately developed characters. "

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About the Author

Robert Barclay, author of If Wishes Were Horses, sold his successful consulting business and moved from upstate New York to south Florida, where he could devote his full attention to what he always wanted to do—write. He also enjoys weightlifting, Shotokan karate, and going to the beach to do absolutely nothing.