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RIDING LESSONS
by Sara Gruen

Genre: Mainstream

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Painful estranged relationships form the core of this emotionally complex and dark novel. Annemarie's journey of self-discovery is not an easy one to experience.


At 18, a riding accident left Anne marie Zimmer nearly crippled, killed her beloved horse, Harry, and dashed her hopes of landing on the Olympic team.

Now, 20 years later, Annemarie returns to her parents' New Hampshire riding academy, beset by the tides of change—she's in the midst of a divorce, her daughter is uncommunicative and her father is dying of ALS. Then she encounters lost love Dan Garibaldi.

Annemarie comes full circle with her past when she discovers an abused horse that is a dead ringer for her beloved Harry. Finding two horses with this rare coloration is nearly incalculable. Does this mystery horse have a connection to Harry? Suddenly, Annemarie is obsessed with discovering the truth. In this case, however, it may not set her free but complicate her life even more.

(Apr., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: HarperTorch

Published: April 2004

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