Racing to Heaven Kindle Edition
|Length: 113 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||
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Top Customer Reviews
I had the privilege of interviewing Harriet Tramer on my radio show, Broadcast Muse, and in hearing her speak of what to expect within the pages of “Racing to Heaven” it intrigued me greatly to pick up a copy. I was blessed enough that Harriet gave me a free copy for an honest review.
You will enjoy the woven words of Harriet Tramer’s “Racing to Heaven” book and be enraptured within the chapters as she transports you in and out of reality. Well done!
Young adult horse stories are usually pretty straightforward and even hold quite predictable plots: girl loves horse (and/or boy), girl longs to ride/own horse, girl overcomes adversity, and in the end girl gets horse (and/or boy). Not so Racing to Heaven, which is a horse of another color and provides a heart-pounding race into and outside of reality to keep young adult and adult readers guessing.
Yes, it's a racetrack saga and yes, it revolves around a young female jockey. But take those elements and run with them; because that's what Harriet Tramer does as she presents the story of an unstable teen who demonstrates an innate talent for psychic communication with horses.
The story opens with a bang (but is it set in heaven, hell, or somewhere in between?): "The place where I am now goes by so many different names – nirvana, heaven, paradise - that I long ago gave up on trying to decide what name fits it best. And I also gave up trying to figure out something else: how long it has been since I fell off a horse just seconds after I won the biggest race of my life and ended up here. It might be five years, my best estimate. But then again it might be a much longer or a much shorter period of time. There is no way to know for certain, because in this realm nobody keeps track of those things the way they do on Earth. There are no clocks, calendars, computers or cell phones I can use to check the time and date."
So it's a new age novel about the supernatural, right? Not really…because the protagonist and her equine concerns are firmly rooted in the vivid reality of horse racing circles. Then, it's a horse story, right? In a manner of speaking - because the progression is anything but your usual horse saga.Read more ›
An unstable teen is sent to her aunt's ranch where she meets a chestnut stallion who communicates with her and teaches her how to ride - or is this a dream? Anyway, with Big Red as her constant companion, the girl "improves" her attitude and eventually she finds her way to the local track where she works with a young trainer and rides thoroughbreds in races. He puts her a "crazy" horses, which becomes her downfall.
Brenda (the reader doesn't learn her name until page 26) goes through a major physical and emotional transformation all because of Big Red.
This novel is part reality, part fantasy but the main character is likable and the writing style is as if you are reading her diary.
This young girl paints herself as fat, un-athletic and a stumble bum but she, like the butterfly, eventually changes from an 180 pound girl to a 110 pound young lady with great athletic prowess. How you might say?? Yep. That is the question. Her dramatic change seems to have to do with an unusual horse she calls Big Red. She meets him at her Aunt's ranch. What happens next is a desire that a lot of young girls hold. This huge, highly excitable horse and she become buddies. She rides him.. he "talks" to her. They go all over the ranch together.. real? Or imagined. But it is the stuff little girls dream of to be sure.
She then moves on to riding at a local barn. This certainly seems possible but it doesn't stay in the typical form of reality I know. Midnight bike rides. Wild jumping sprees in the barn arena with nobody the wiser..dream? or magic.
As time progresses, Brenda lets go of a lot of the teenage anguish and tantrums of her younger self. Her parents are mentally "divorced" from her and she seems allowed to do as she pleases. She still has "conversations" with "Big Red" but only in her head. She ends up heading for a near-by race track where she makes the acquaintance of a young x-jocky who seems to be doing odd jobs and helping out new jockey's. Roberto befriends Brenda. Eventually teaches her how to ride a race horse.Read more ›