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.

December 9, 2014  |  344 pages
(Read from Dec 10, 2014 to Dec 11, 2014)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Literature, 40% Entertainment
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Sequel Potential:
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A heart-warming and intensive family drama that deals with grief, loss, healing and forgiveness. The Language of Hoofbeats had me hooked from the first chapters. The point of view switches from Jackie to Clementine, the two characters who need to let go of their faults and the faults in others. Clementine is such an interesting character, I just had to know what her story was. Watching her transformation and healing process was amazing.   (+2 votes)