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Flying Changes [Kindle Edition]

Sara Gruen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Anxiety rules Annemarie Zimmer's days—the fear that her relationship with the man she loves is growing stagnant; the fear that equestrian daughter Eva's dreams of Olympic glory will carry her far away from her mother . . . and into harm's way. For five months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace with her past. But if she cannot let go, the personal battles she has won and the heights she has achieved will have all been for naught.

It is a time of change at Maple Brook horse farm, when loves must be confronted head-on and fears must be saddled and broken. But it is an unanticipated tragedy that will most drastically alter the fragile world of one remarkable family—even as it flings open gates that have long confined them, enabling them all to finally ride headlong and free.


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About the Author

Sara Gruen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Water for Elephants and Riding Lessons. She lives with her husband and three children in a conservation community outside Chicago.


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  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061241091
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PDZG3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, hard to believe July 8, 2007
By E!
Format:Paperback
First off, let me say that this book is an enjoyable read - it goes by fast for the most part. I read it in a couple days and would call it a fun book, but not something I will likely pick up again.
That being said, there are a few issues with this book and story. As others have stated, it is hard to care for the main characters, Annemarie and her daughter Eva, as they are both immature for their ages, 40 and 16. Eva runs around like a spoiled 5 year old half the time. However, I would imagine a main reason for this is the complete lack of parenting skills on Annemarie's part. She is a mother without a backbone, unable and unwilling to discipline and stand up to her daughter. When Eva gets expelled from school, what does Annemarie do? Send her off to train with a top jumper trainer in the area. Yeah, what kind of punishment is that? The girl is in need of a good bit of discipline, and the character of Annemarie falls short as a mother. She is also useless as a girlfriend to poor Dan. She is whiny and self absorbed - it is hard to believe anyone would want to be with her. And when the idea of marriage comes up, she can't even discuss it with him? What kind of adult can't discuss this sort of thing with someone they want to marry? Perhaps she should do a little growing up first. Also, even though I did read the first book, Riding Lessons, it has been a few years since I did. The author alluded to events that happened in that story without explaining them ... that made it a little more difficult since I couldn't remember exactly what occurred in the last book.
Also, there were some equine related things that I could not get past. First off, if Eva loves horses so much, then why is she galloping around on frozen ground at dawn trying to jump paddock fences? And on an older horse too ...
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riding Lessons/Flying Changes August 28, 2006
By Cindy B
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sara's first novel and its sequel. I enjoyed both of them thoroughly. In fact, it was hard to put them down and I finished them both in record time.

Annemarie, the main character, is an almost-40-year-old divorcee with a tempermental, yet adorable, teenage daughter. They move back to her parents' horse boarding stable out east (from Minnesota) where Annemarie rekindles an old romance. Dan is also in the horse business, but at a different level. His organization, Day Break, is a horse-rescue mission for abused and at-risk animals.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the transition to a different, yet familiar, living situation, being a single mom, Annemarie's parents, her new boyfriend, and especially her daughter, Eva, take its toll on her emotions and she is her own worst enemy with little effort.

But, her biggest challenge is battling old demons concerning her relationship with the true love-of-her-life, her horse Harry, and the new charge that appears later to take his place. And when Eva shows signs of having the same passion for riding and competing as Annemarie did, her motherly instincts to protect her only child from possible physical and emotional injury continue to get in the way.

What happens in the short couple of years since her husband left her grabs at your heartstrings, yet pushes your cheerleading buttons to the extent that all you want to do is see her come to terms with her life choices and be happy.

As much as I loved Water for Elephants, I have to say I really liked this story even better. Perhaps because of the gender of the MC, I don't know. In any case, I highly recommend the read.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, realistic storytelling April 12, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have nothing but praise for Sara Gruen's work. Although there do seem to be some minor equestrian-related inaccuracies (cleverly explained in this sequel), both Riding Lessons and Flying Changes are really great reads that focus on realistic, character driven storylines and avoid the much-overused cliches found in most contemporary horsey fiction. While these books will not win awards for ground-breaking fiction, they are entertaining and absorbing tales of real-life situations. The romantic subplots are true to life, as is the protagonist's relationship with her daughter. Other reviewers have noted that the main character's choices and behavior are often questionable, but this is precisely what makes these books an entertaining (and sometimes enlightening) read. We can relate to the characters because they are not infallible - they show errors in judgement and emotional reactions, but continue to learn and persevere throughout. I'm eagerly awaiting a third book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flying Changes is a led zepplin July 29, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading Water for Elephants, which I adored, I immediatly went to Amazon and ordered Sara Gruen's other 2 books; one of which being Flying Changes. I was disappointed from the get-go. It was less than sophmoric and drab. I forced myself to keep reading thinking "It's gotta get better - look at how genious Elephants was." That'll teach me to think. I gave up on it yesterday after getting about 3/4 of the way through it. I started "Where's My Wand" and am extremely pleased. I'm afraid to even open the other Sara Gruen book - it may just lie under my bed in and hide in shame.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun sequel and a FAST read!! January 28, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Love it, love it, love it! I have gotten into quine fiction and have read the entire Laura Crum series as well as Julie Singers book and have enjoyed them very much as well. If you like books with strong female leads and plot twists that really suck you in, you'll enjoy these books. She is also portraying the emotion of a divorced women in her late 30's, early 40's and her teenage daughter with an honest feel and a quality that I think is very true to life. The book is fun and dramatic while still offering a happy (but not sugar coated) ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book moved me to tears.
My father worked with horses. My daughter has 26 horses. My grand daughter age 14 is competing in the Nationals for the second time. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Flying Changes
This is an easy read. Seems somewhat like a "soap opera" in that it is so melodramatic. At the beginning, I found the characters to be very interesting. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Carla E Boyle
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough
I like to read and have experience with horses. This book did not do justice to either pursuit. Weak plot, an adult woman who was not believable, and an overall dull read left me... Read more
Published 3 days ago by acl
5.0 out of 5 stars This author is fantastic, I love everything she writes.
I love the writing of Sara Gruen. I love how she portrays the relationship between humans and animals. Her books are full with the range of emotions that make us human. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Christi Bartos
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a book I'm sharing with my granddaughter. Sara Gruen is a good writer.
Published 13 days ago by Phyllis R. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book was awesome !!! Though I heard that Harry didn't have a brother and Hurrah was really Harry correct me if I'm wrong but that's what I heard I'm correct right
Published 16 days ago by Love my horse dolly Love my horse dolly
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasureable read with terrific equestrian detail.
I loved this book. Sara Gruen is obliviously a knowledgeable equestrian and it shows in her story telling. Read more
Published 18 days ago by LIZ FOWLER
5.0 out of 5 stars loved Flying Changes!
Such a quick read because you can't put it down!! One of my all time favorites!!
And learned more about competitive riding, exciting and scary!!
Published 19 days ago by Linda Schnarr
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Changes
When I Finish a book I rate it. Why do you ask me to rate it again a week later? This is anoying. Wonderful book.
Published 22 days ago by Susan Benevy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read !
Very engaging, an unexpected twist that makes the whole story. It was easy to feel the emotions of the characters.
Published 22 days ago by Megan
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I am a transplanted Canadian (now also an American citizen) who moved to the States in 1999 for a technical writing job. Two years later I got laid off. Instead of looking for another job, I decided to take a gamble on writing fiction.

I live with my husband, three children, two dogs, four cats, two horses, and a goat in North Carolina.

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