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The characters are not one-dimensional stereotypes, but are painted as complex human beings. Renee, who is initially rather aimless, does develop ambitions to have a better life for herself and her son, and gets a job and goes to college. But she never undergoes a Superwoman metamorphosis. She struggles, makes mistakes, has lapses in judgment - she has her flaws (as well as bad luck), but you still totally root for her. Kenny cannot be written off as completely vile and good for nothing, as his love for his son is so strong. There are no clear victors in their battles, and plenty of disappointment and heartache to go around.
Given the circumstances, the book has a satisfying ending. There is also an epilogue, which briefly summarizes what happened to all of the characters in years hence. I appreciated that post script, but I loved this author's writing style so much that I would have been very happy had the book continued into the future and drawn out all of these events to their conclusion. I simply didn't want the book to end.
While "When Horses Had Wings" is certainly a poignant tale, it is not a depressing, oppressive book. This is largely due in part, I think, to the wonderful prose found in the story. Ms.Read more ›
That said, I did root for Renee. I didn't like the jump of, "...and then 6 years later..."; the ensuing time could have been "used" better, maybe. We needed to SEE those 6 years, or at least better glimpses of them. Then again, I think some lives do go that way: they happen while we're not looking.
The ending, well...I dunno. Plausible to some degree, but abrupt. If that was going to be the resolution, okay, but it did seem like a "...and then I woke up..." kind of thing.
Rather than an epilogue (Told, not Shown), I would rather have seen those outcomes at they unfolded.
I almost liked this book, but not quite.
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This book caught my eye. And when I read it........Well I feel like it was talking to me in some way. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carrie Childers
DE has written of a young man and woman who married because she was pregnant. The marriage had a few good moments, but most of the time the young lady was miserable. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This has the potential for being a great chick flick. It is a far too true story for many women I know in rural Texas. It is well written but I just could not finish it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pat Gibson
this is a delightful, well written story about real people trying to make it in boon docks of Texas.Published 9 months ago by danklass
Author Diana Estill gives us a taste of real life in When Horses Had Wings. I loved the title and picked the book up thinking it was a story I might enjoy. Was I ever glad I did! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda Baumann
Very good story with a good setup and likable/despicable characters. The story flows very smoothly with believable characters. Fast read while commuting.Published 15 months ago by PF
a story to captivate the reader... you can't help routing for her characters... and ready to help them up when they need it.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book really isn't worth your time. It seemed like it was written by a teenaged girl and a rather immature one at that. Very disappointing.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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