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Breaking Free: A Novel Paperback – August 21, 2007
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"Snelling's fast-paced novel has characters who seek help in the wrong places. It takes a raging storm for the for them to see that the help they needed was right in front of them the whole time. This is a strong, believable story." (-RT Book Reviews, ****, on Wake the Dawn)
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty." (National Church Library Association)
"REUNION is a captivating tale that will hook you from the very start....Fans of Christian fiction will love this touching story."
(FreshFiction.com on Reunion
Top Customer Reviews
As she begins to work with Breaking Free to find a way into his broken spirit, Maggie realizes just how much this horse can sense her own insecurities. As she begins to earn his trust, she realizes that she has formed her own walls to keep others out from hurting her. She never imagined that one moment of coming to the aid of her husband would lead her to be involved in a car accident that would take the life of their own son. Feeling that serving time in prison is the least amount of punishment she deserves, it will take time and the love of a disabled boy and his father to help her come to terms with the mistakes of her past.
Knowing if she can rehabilitate Breaking Free, she will give him a new chance at life. If she can't convince the warden he doesn't present a danger to himself and others, he will be put down. But Maggie soon uncovers the source for the battle raging within Breaking Free's heart and the more time she spends with him the more she grows to love him.Read more ›
Overall, a great book! I recommend it if you enjoy contemporary reads with animals being a big part of the story. :)
*I borrowed this book from the library. I was not required to write a review, but chose to. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
The book is a lot about redemption and forgiveness. There are several interesting characters. Eddie and Maria are just adorable and add so much to the story. I didn't like Gil so much in the beginning but guess he had redeeming qualities. I just felt sorry for Maggie and felt she was a damaged person who yet had a lot of strength. Though this is a Christian author, she writes at least in this book without a lot of preachiness. I read a lot of secular books so I enjoyed that there was not profanity and sexual scenes and just good values.
I felt the "crime" Maggie was sent to prison for was not quite believeable. For one thing 2 glasses of wine would be highly unlikely to put her over the legal alcohol level and anyone could run a stop sign even not having had one glass of wine. She was an upstanding citizen with never one offense against her. I had a hard time believing she would have been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Of course then we wouldn't have had this story and it is fiction! The other thing that bothered me was the romance between Gil and Maggie. He didn't seem to like her and didn't even want her there and was very judgemental and even unkind to her and then all of a sudden, he's in love with her?? H-m-m
IF you can overlook those couple things and just enjoy the story, it is a good book to spend a few hours with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book, my favorite subject, horses, and the story of the lady that takes care of this horse and the young boy make for very good reading.Published 1 month ago by Doris J. Thomkpson
Started reading this book, and didn't put it down until I finished it.
All Snelling's books are like this.
Good clean books
This story is such a great read. Ms. Snelling would branch out with stories about their future, also about Kool Kat, Maria, Sarah etc. These stories are such great reading.Published 6 months ago by Carolyn Johnson
I could read Lauraine Snellings horse stories till the cows come home!
I read everything she writes and love her books. All her books are in my library to read again.