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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: February 2011 ISBN: 9780062012968
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In the spirit of Nicholas Sparks comes If Wishes Were Horses. Author Robert Barclay has crafted a deeply moving story of love, hope, and forgiveness, as two damaged souls torn apart by a common tragedy slowly find a way to heal. Destined to be a much-beloved classic on a par with Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County, Barclay's If Wishes Were Horses is a story rich in emotion that will touch the heart of every reader who fervently believes in second chances at love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/6/2014

    " A story of "real" people going through the troubling aftermath of entertwined personal tragedies accompanied by the healing power of horses. This started out a bit stiff and slow for me but as it developed it became a wonderful story. It made me miss my days at the ranch working w/ horses...one day i'll do it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 1/5/2014

    " I was first intrigued by the cover of this novel--there's something mysterious and enchanting about it, to my mind. While the novel is somewhat predictable and does read somewhat like a Nicholas Sparks novel (which is not a criticism, just an observation), I found myself loving the characters Barclay created for this novel. The way the main characters Wyatt and Gabby work through their painful shared history (each on opposite sides of the accident that took the lives of Wyatt's wife & son and Gabby's ex-husband) and come out on the other side was meaningful, and I really enjoyed Wyatt's relationship with his father--a man slowly losing himself to Alzheimer's disease. Strong characters, strong relationships, nice outcomes, slightly predictable... but I really enjoyed this book and found myself wanting to turn each page faster and faster to see how things would be resolved. An enjoyable read--academic, no; but thoroughly enjoyable nevertheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/1/2014

    " I had too many books out and almost sent this back to the library unread. For some reason I decided to hang on to it and I'm SO glad because this is probably one of my favorite books I've ever read. I love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Felci | 9/30/2013

    " Enjoyed this story very much. Great romance. This would make a good movi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 9/18/2013

    " I really liked this book, finished in just a couple of days. One historical error, Wild Bill Hickok was killed in Deadwood South Dakota not Deadwood Colorado. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teeni | 8/2/2013

    " Got a little more than halfway through and decided I couldn't finish it. Maybe i just wasn't in the mood for a syrupy romance, or maybe the crappy horse scenes did me in. Either way, I don't feel guilty about not finishing it. Proof that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 6/22/2013

    " Very touching story - only took me about 2 evenings to read this "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeannine | 6/13/2013

    " sucked, Nicholas Sparks lite, like a romance without any good sex scenes, trying too hard "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/5/2013

    " An uforgettable story of love and forgiveness. Gabby's drunken husband is the reason Wyatts wife and son are dead. Her son is included in a New Beginnings Program, dealing with horses and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Devones | 4/25/2013

    " Can't get enough of it! <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 8/22/2012

    " Great book about loss and finding love again. It was kind of predictable, but well written with likable characters. As a horse lover, I enjoyed that storyline as well. Definitely recommend and will look for another book by Barclay soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 5/7/2012

    " A little too mushy, like a Harlequin romance. I like a mystery much better, but it was an ok read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Vandenbosch | 3/15/2012

    " Very predictable for the most part. The characters were ok, but Gabby about made me crazy in parts as she got so upset over something I thought was not such a big deal. Trevor transformed a bit fast from a bad to good kid but it is fiction! All in all decent read but could have been better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mae | 2/10/2012

    " Predictable - light and just what you need by the pool:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 10/18/2011

    " Great story, so appreciated by an old ranch gal like myself. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 9/27/2011

    " A really good read!!! I loved Barclay's style. The story was full of emotion as display in well developed characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme | 9/9/2011

    " Totally loved it :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shauna | 8/11/2011

    " Nothing special and horribly predictable. I had to suspend my brain to even read it. What was I thinking? Skip this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 8/3/2011

    " I REALLY like this book! Hope....Forgiveness...and Love..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 3/16/2011

    " Seemed like a "paperback romance" dressed up as a full feature book. There are some sad horse moments, a barn fire and deaths. This book deals with Equine Therapy Program for troubled teens. "

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About the Author

After graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in economics and a minor in art history, Robert Barclay enjoyed a successful career in business, also serving as chairman of his industry-related consulting group. After selling his business, he devoted his time to writing. His previous novels include If Wishes Were Horses and More Than Words Can Say. He lives with his wife in Florida.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy. His audiobook narration has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.