- File Size: 1001 KB
- Print Length: 451 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lisa Loomis Books (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E40H9N8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Horse Named Joe Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The basic foils (a horse and a simple dock master) accentuate her plight and journey without distracting the reader from the crucial growth and plot development that is occurring. I think Loomis knew precisely the kind of book she intended to write and then did it. I was impressed, and would very much like to read more of her work in the future. We could all use a reminder of how valuable soul-searching can be, and this book certainly did just that.
It is sad people would try to run away from their problems rather than deal with them.
I must be out of touch with the real world or the younger generation. I am glad, too.
Loomis opens her story in the air - on a plane - where her main character Loni Dugan reminisces about why she is where she is - and it sounds vaguely familiar to the author's history! `New York was an expensive place to live. The multimillion-dollar second home on the Cape was gone, along with the yacht, and the luxury cars that went with it. They'd had to sell those things in order to buy down the mortgage on the apartment, so they could afford to stay.' This is the manner of conversational language
that Loomis uses throughout her book. In brief, at forty nine Roni Dugan thought she was living the dream with her high level investment banker position at Lehman Brothers, that is of course until the financial meltdown of 2008. When the dust settled she was left without a job and little hope of replacing it. Two years later, her ego in shambles, and her marriage on shaky ground, because of it, her husband encourages her to get away. Roni chooses a very small island in the Bahamas, Green Turtle Cay, where she honeymooned twenty plus years ago. Surprisingly the island is very much the same although this time she is looking at it, and the goings on, from a different perspective. Some of that influence comes in the form of a horse named Joe and a reticent Bahamian dock master and in the process Roni regains her sense of self, her refreshed priorities, and a new vista that opens the way to reconnecting with her soul.
Loomis integrates the Bahamian dialect and vocabulary well, an aspect she enhances by including a Bahamian dialect dictionary at book's end. This is a relaxing read without many demands on the reader except to enjoy the time spent in the course of the unfolding of the story. And perhaps this kind of sensitive story should be higher on the list as an antidote for the condition of the world at present. Grady Harp, March 14
There was no way to understand the relationship between her and Devon because there was no depth to the interaction between the two. I also didn't like her view of Christianity. It made anyone with faith look stupid. Obviously a man who supposedly lived in the Bible was not living it.
And the horse? What role did the horse play? He rarely showed himself in the story so I couldn't figure out the name.
The vulgarity and crude innuendos didn't do a thing for me, either. There is a time and a place but that time and place happened just too often. Again, I really wanted to like the book but page after page found me waiting for something that never happened.
Just because we are grown, have jobs and lives doesn't mean that we have grown into who we actually are, who will make us happy. I think that Loomis does a great job here in the shade of shows like "Girls" and "Sex in the City" in showing us a realistic journey for women to become who they are most comfortable with no matter what society says should be.
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