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Flying Changes [Kindle Edition]

Sara Gruen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 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.


Product Details

  • 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 86 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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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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34 of 39 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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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
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
So predictable and trite.
Published 13 hours ago by Rosemary Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse lovers will fly thru this book.
Wonderful story any horse lover will love. Written by someone who knows horses.
Published 5 days ago by ponys
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I loved the entire book I recommend you to read it as well! Fantastic book about a bond that everyone can understand by the end.
Published 12 days ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Horse lovers delight
Sara Gruen is a great storyteller! You will believe that you are watching this story play out. The descriptive locales, the beauty of New England, the local color all shine... Read more
Published 13 days ago by B. J. Wassmer
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
it wasn't to the level of Water for Elephants but I cried a couple of times so it can't be that bad.
Published 19 days ago by Lori Woolever
2.0 out of 5 stars Not original or interesting like her previous book
Not particularly well written. Story somewhat predictable. Not original or interesting like her previous book.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Sara Gruen book
I loved the details of the horse back riding and the salvaging of harmed and/or neglected animals. Wonderful descriptions. Thank you.
Published 28 days ago by Kate McDonald Meier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with a horse-y theme
I thoroughly enjoyed this insightful book that is about a lot more than horses--about family, coming of age, perseverance and integrity. The writing is graceful.
Published 1 month ago by A reader in MA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fast Read
A bit more emotional for me than the first. Moved just as quickly and was smart and believable. The characters continued to grow exponentially throughout this book.
Published 1 month ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Horse Story
I have horses so pretty much know when something isn't realistic. This is a good read. I've since bought more Sara Gruen books.
Published 2 months ago by Laurie Hamilton
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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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