Monday, July 28, 2014

The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I had previously read "Don't Let Me Go" by Catherine Ryan Hyde and I loved it.  So when I was offered a copy of her new book, "The Language of Hoofbeats" by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, I was pretty happy about it.
I read it in under four hours as I flew across the country.  Her books always deal with the most vulnerable population - children.  In this book, a same sex couple has three foster children, one of whom they have adopted.
They move into a small town with across the street from a bitterly unhappy old woman.  As they become entwined in each others lives, they begin to forge a bond that has the children as their common bond.
I love that her books don't always show a perfect solution, as these situations don't usually come with fairy tale endings.  People show their imperfections, their petty emotions, jealousy, anger, and just general assholed-ness.   But it is written in a way that shows that no one is truly all good and no one is truly all bad.  Just like real life.
Great book - definitely keeps you hooked.

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