This book got one star.
I have read all of Ms Kagen's books, found them to be very engaging and couldn't put them down.
This one? I couldn't wait to put it down because it was so awful.
Annie Bellamy was raised with horses, and now her daughter, Teddy, loves them too. But Annie isn't sure she wants her daughter to be involved with horses because as a teen-ager, her horse world fell apart. Annie has serious issues and is afraid history will repeat itself.
I am not a horse person, and don't know the difference between a saddlebred or hunter, and couldn't tell what a mare, nag, or a thoroughbred was! Or was it hag? Was there an explanation and I missed it?
I am sick of whiny, submissive, no backbone, can't make decisions, let people walk all over me, can't speak up for themselves, easily intimidated, don't know how to say no to their children, would rather be a friend to their child than a parent, plaster a smile on your face and say everything is fine when it's not women, that I am seriously taking a break from dysfunctional women books. (Did I miss anything?) I realize that "Annie" had issues, but at some point maybe she should have considered a different counselor if she wasn't getting anything out of it. I mean really? How many times are you going to go down the same path, realize it's not working, but still keep traveling the same road over and over and over . . . Before you think, hmmm, maybe I should change my route? Sometimes it is better to take the road less traveled. And never referring to your daughter, as your daughter, but "my girl"? That only reinforced the point that Annie had an issue being a mother, not being able to step up to the plate and say NO. Annie was more concerned about being the "good" mom to "her girl". Gag me.
I need a book that doesn't depress me, and this one surely did.
(The synopsis said it is based on a true story. I don't want to assume, but I am guessing it may be autobiographical. If so, I truly hope that the story was quite embellished.)