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THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS: a Novel ~Catherine Ryan Hyde

“And that, I realized, is the worst price we pay for living in a dearth of true communication.  We go through our whole lives thinking it’s only us.  And that has to be the deepest, most bone-chilling definition of the word ‘alone’.  You can have a crowd around you, a circus, but they can’t spare you from that brand of loneliness.” (from location 92%)

From Amazon the story description:

“From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. 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.“

This is one of the nicest stories of family bonding I think I have ever read.  I believe readers from middle school to 100 would enjoy this story.  For me it has a special appeal of an adoptive/fostering family finding their connections and working through the hard stuff – finally together.  The ending was not as comfortable as one would imagine in a traditional story, and yet it was finding a happiness which shined forth. I liked how the difficult neighbor assisted everyone in finding their own voice and not being afraid to say, “I don’t like this.”  Lots of learning to problem solve and communication happening in the LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS.

I received an advanced unproofed, uncorrected copy of this book from TLC Booktours  for review and I feel it was a privilege to be able to share this story with you.  I am grateful for the opportunity and think this would make a lovely gift.  I curled right up on a 19’F sunny morning and read it beginning to end and I will add it to my Holiday reading shelf.  THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS is a gem.

Know any teenagers who are moody?   Know someone who needs a happy ending? Concerned about children and their welfare?  Have a troublesome neighbor? Need a sense of belonging?   I do recommend THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS

Here’s what it says about the author at the end of my e-read:

“Catherine Ryan Hyde is the bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including the 1999 smash hit PAY IT FORWARD, which has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and was made into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment.  In addition to her novels, Hyde is the author of more than fifty short stories and is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation.  During her years as a professional public speaker, she addressed the National Conference on Education, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with President Bill Clinton.”

Catherine Ryan Hyde Website
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I just wanted to tell you every detail of the story – but I hate reading reviews that spoil or tell too much.

The Pact
The Dragon’s Pawn
The Sowing
ANTS or Automatic Negative Thinking

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10 Responses to “THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS: a Novel ~Catherine Ryan Hyde”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Ohhhhhhh, now this, THIS, story sounds like it’s right up my alley. Yes. Yes, indeed!

    Patricia Reply:

    Just a very good read and idea sharing – a good story
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  2. Talon Says:

    The title grabs you right away, Patricia. Sounds like a super book.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Super book Kim and excellent character development and story telling
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  3. Sara Says:

    This book sounds very interesting and I have someone in mind for it as a holiday gift. I will check it out further and thank you for this review and letting me know about this book.

    Hope all is well with you and yours. Warm regards, Patricia!
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    Patricia Reply:


    Good story telling and nice development of the ideas and themes.

    A strange but wonder full ending too :)

    Sorry so slow in replying – was on a wee vacation with no computer on the list – back home now and catching up
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  4. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    “one of the nicest stories of family bonding I think I have ever read” What an incredible compliment! This sounds like an amazingly touching read. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J

    I have read the book twice now and think it is a special story that many will enjoy
    Thanks for sending the book my way
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  5. Sam Juliano Says:

    Family bonding stories, if they move beyond the blatantly saccharine, usually connect with those who desire emotional heft to this reading. This one sounds like it has wholly succeeded, and your review is superbly negotiated.
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    Patricia Reply:

    I think this would be a valuable book in school libraries…
    It is a great lesson in good communications and learning to trust when the world has not been so wonderful
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