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The story of two women and their journey since they were children to the present filled with all the obstacles and all the benefits that arise in friendship through early teens and how that friendship, which had slowly been falling apart, left unattended for sixteen years may or may not be repairable.
Emma returns to handle her father's affairs after his death, what she finds is that he held many secrets that don't answer why he was such a distant father. She returns to her old riding stable to find some changes and some things that have remained the same. She does a lot of reconstructing and examining of her childhood and her childhood friendship with Jillian, which fell apart as they got older. She does a great of self reflection in regard to taking time just for herself, what brings her true and honest happiness in her life. What she finds is that there are truths, some misunderstandings, some that lead to more questions than answers, and some things that will never really be resolved, but in the end, that is okay.
The author has picked a wonderful additional storyline that integrates with that of Emma and her journey. The use of a riding stable that produces talented riders that also offers a medical and medical therapeutic program. Both scenarios lead to several different storylines that are individual yet brought together weaving in and out over the years and presently until there is one ending. The use of horses (and dogs) as therapeutic animals is beneficial for many types of medical and mental conditions. They are perceptive animals, can be easily trained, and they are very perceptive as they often know just what a person needs at any given time. They can feel happiness, fear, sadness, and will react in conjunction with these feelings.
Orly Konig, had written a phenomenal debut novel. She really reaches deep into her characters to get to the heart of what each person feels, what their truths are, their fears, and their secrets. She reaches deep within her characters to get to the rawness inside of the person, the masks they put on, and the behaviors they use to protect themselves. A truly moving and powerful novel with heartbreaking moments; a heartwarming basis; beautifully written scenery; characters that are realistic, relatable, flawed and honest; and a storyline that is part coming of age, midlife changes, as well as self growth and understanding.
Years later Emma returns to her childhood town after her father's death to put his affairs in order. She attempts to heal the friendship with Jillian she lost after the accident and once again she finds healing in the horse farm just like she did when she was a child.
Emma discovers hidden family secrets and as they come to light she is able to make peace with her past and her future.
Fresh writing and a solid voice. This was one of those books I couldn't put down.